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Dog Helps Alzheimer’s Patient Regain Speech (video)

Research has proven therapy dogs have helped Alzheimer’s patients with sundown syndrome. But, sometimes the family dog doesn’t even need training to help people with Alzheimer’s. Lisa Abeyta posted this endearing video in the Huffington Post of her dad engaging with her family dog, Roscoe.

Kleenex Alert: Lisa’s dad had lost almost all of his speech and his ability to form sentences. But, watch what happens when he engages with Roscoe, Lisa’s family dog.

The ability of dogs to help humans never ceases to amaze me. Do you have any miraculous dog stories to share of dogs accomplishing what humans can’t? Thanks for sharing them in a comment below.

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Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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4:36PM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

Critters are good for what ails you!!!

4:24AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

My Mom & stepdad had a dog. When Mom's Alzheimer's Disease got worse and she stopped talking, she would pet her dog, but she didn't talk.

Mom didn't really like cats, but one day she came to my house (we had 5 cats at that time). One of our cats has never met a stranger. So she walks right to Mom and expects Mom to pet her. Well, Mom reaches out and pets her and said, "Pretty." That was the first word she had said in over a year.
So, I guess cats can be therapy also.

1:17AM PDT on May 28, 2014

My mom talks to my dog too, not words or sentences, she is beyond that, BUT she cuddles with him and so on, and my dog knows that he has to be careful with her

9:37PM PDT on May 19, 2014

Dogs are great for therapy. They have amazing "powers" for the soul. The message was a good one.

10:40AM PDT on May 14, 2014

cool

11:48AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Cool!!

10:48AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Heartwarming. I hope that can happen to me as well when I get older and have disorders.

12:09AM PDT on May 7, 2014

So moving and heartwarming.And to thing that so many cruel individuals abuse these wonderful creatures who are truly man`s best friend.

7:08AM PDT on May 6, 2014

Thanks for the article.

12:40AM PDT on May 4, 2014

Thanks

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