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Halpern and her therapy dog give insight into aging

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Posted on May 30, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON RESIDENT SUE Halpern, right, and her therapy dog Pransky visit with Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center patient Margaret Bouvier Tuesday morning. Halpern has written a new book, “A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home,” about her experiences with her Labradoodle therapy dog at the Middlebury medical facility. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

MIDDLEBURY — She’s been visiting Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (HPHRC) just about every Tuesday for more than three years, but the senior residents still line up for her arrival, hoping to get some eye contact and a handshake or two. No need for an exchange of words.

Not that the celebrity in question can speak in complete sentences; her vocabulary is confined to the occasional “woof.”

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