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Therapy dogs visit Portland's East Ronald McDonald House

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Families staying at Portland’s East Ronald McDonald House got a furry surprise Thursday.

Therapy dogs from Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams went out to the house to raise the spirits of children and their families.

The Ronald McDonald House gives families of ill or injured children a place to stay while they are being treated.

The canine program coordinator says the dogs provide a sense of connection to those who may be struggling this holiday season.

One patient said the dogs help in a lot of ways.

"I think the therapy dogs, they're really calming and it’s easier to open up yourself to what your emotions are when you're around them, they're just really soothing and nice to be around and it helps a lot," said Cali Rahmalow.

The therapy dogs also visited several other locations across Portland.

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