The other day I visited a nursing home called “Sakura no Yamashina” for a music therapy session. It’s located in a quiet part of Yokosuka city in Kanagawa prefecture surrounded by the beautiful bay and endless hills. From outside this small nursing home looked nothing unusual, but as soon as I walked in the back door I saw something I had never seen before -two dogs with a backpack walking down the hallway.
I asked a staff what the dogs were doing. She said,
“Their job is to get a morning newspaper and deliver it to our residents.”
She smiled and added, “But they can’t do it by themselves yet.”
They’re among the 6 dogs that live there. Some of them have been rescued from the shelters, while others have come to live with their owners.
The facility has a dog…
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