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Therapy dog helps those grieving at Spokane funeral home

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We all know the feeling of losing someone close that we love. It can be our darkest time, but as KHQ found out, one funeral home has made it their mission to make people smile.

If you walk through the doors at the Hennessey Funeral Home, you'll be greeted by a little labradoodle puppy named Paddy. "Labradoodle's make very good therapy pets, very good comfort dogs," said Scott Dahl, the managing partner at Hennessey Funeral Home and Paddy's owner.

Dahl came up with a brilliant idea after talking with a friend of his. "He'll be able to quietly help out where needed in regard to helping people deal with emotions of grief," said Dahl.

He's training four-month-old Paddy to be a certified therapy dog. Paddy will even have his own shift at the funeral home once he passes a test.

The pup is already halfway to getting his job. His black coat serves as an advantage. "When we are at a service, we wear dark suits. We wear black or grey and we thought, let's have a dark black dog that we can put a green bowtie and have him be a part of the service," said Dahl.

Paddy has about a year left of training before he becomes a full-fledged therapy dog. He's been practicing greeting people at the funeral home 

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