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Loving Dogs In Toms River, N.J.

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When a doglover gets to an age when she can't care for a dog anymore, it can be a huge loss.

Since 2009, Simon, a Golden Retriever and his owner, Pat, have been visiting Alice — who is 94 years old and legally blind — in her home near Toms River.

For years, Alice enjoyed the companionship of a dog. Now because of health problems, she cannot. So every week she looks forward to her visits with Pat and Simon, who are part of the Caregiver Canines program.

Our volunteers — human and canine — visit the elderly and those with Alzheimer's disease.

Lynette Whiteman is Executive Director of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey. She listens to WNYC.

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