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Northwest resident says animals give sick, elderly patients relief
Patrick McNamara/The Explorer, Nancie Roahrig, right, and her Clydesdale, J.J., talk with an assisted living resident during a recent visit. Roahrig brings the animals with her to interact with elderly and sick patients.
Patrick McNamara/The Explorer, Nancie Roahrig holds the reigns of J.J. the Clydesdale while speaking with an assisted living resident. Roahrig brings the horses with her to visit the old and sick. She said the contact with animals provides a therapeutic benefit.
Patrick McNamara/The Explorer, Life Center resident Dorothy Myers pets Snickers, a miniature horse that visits nursing homes, hospitals and hospices with its owner, Nancie Roahrig.
Patrick McNamara/The Explorer, J.J., top, and Snickers loaded into their trailer after visiting the residents of an assisted living community in the Northwest. The horses belong to Nancie Roahrig, who brings the animals to hospitals and hospices around the Tucson area.