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Dentist brings dog to work to calm kids’ nerves

Adorable photo of a dentist and his Golden Retriever goes viral.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Dec 13, 2012 12:22AM

“This dentist brings his dog in as a way to calm the nerves of children who may be nervous. So great,” wrote Redditor “Jmb012345” on the social news site, Reddit. The photo then flew into a viral, internet frenzy, reports The Huffington Post.

Dentist brings dog to work

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According to MSN, the dentist in the photograph is Dr. Paul Weiss, a pediatric dentist from Williamsville, N.Y. Weiss has reportedly trained his 4-year-old Golden Retriever, Brooke, to act as a "therapy dog to calm his young patients."

According to Weiss’ website, Brooke reportedly passed a half-day certification test from Therapy Dogs International.

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“The gratification of taking a nervous child and turning them into someone who’s comfortable at a dentist’s office is really something great,” Weiss was quoted in Buffalo Business First earlier this year.

As far as Brooke’s doggie demands go, she has a pretty easy work schedule, only coming into the office on Thursdays and providing services on an as-needed basis. Now, that’s a dog’s life!

What do you think about Dr. Weiss’ sidekick?

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4Comments
Dec 13, 2012 3:06PM
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I love dogs and know that they can be a calming influence; however, my first thought was - How sanitary is this to have dog hair floating around someone's  open mouth?
Dec 13, 2012 3:01AM
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My 85 lb golden retreiver is a lap dog too.
Dec 13, 2012 1:16AM
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Kudos Dr. Weiss and Brooke. You are terrific and truly onto something.
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