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Service dog helps ease Frederick veteran’s anxiety | pets and animals

Joe Nieves, 40, sank into the couch of his living room. Ella’s service dog, Jem, a 3-year-old Labrador-golden retriever mix, hopped up next to him and rested her head on his thigh. He started petting her, running his hands over her ears from her.

“I mean, look at her. She doesn’t have to be here right now,” he said. “She could be, like, in the bedroom, but she wants to be here and that means a lot to me.”

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