Therapy Pup Nova Brings Smiles to Northlanders

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: March 28, 2018 07:10 PM

DULUTH- A two-year-old Newfoundland therapy pup named Nova, is bringing smiles to everyone that lays their eyes on her. She stopped by Solvay Hospice House on Wednesday.

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The 120 pound pup visits the hospice in Duluth every Wednesday with her trainer, Jack Lee. Nova also stops by local schools to cheer up students. Lee bought Nova a day after his birthday and they've been inseparable ever since.

Lee said he enjoys seeing everyone’s reaction when they see her.

"It’s been amazing. I’ve literally had students come in and start sobbing, then start petting her during finals week, and get up with a smile on their face saying, I can do this," Lee said.

Nova's mission is to make people happy and feel calm. Animal-assisted therapy helps in providing comfort, lowering stress, anxiety, depression, and reducing pain.



Alejandra Palacios

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