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Red Cross Heroes: Daniel the Dog

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

"He's so much a part of my life."

But it didn't start that way for Glenn Suzuki. He's talking about his 7 year old Chihuahua terrier mix, Daniel.

The Suzuki's took in Daniel when he was 6 weeks old. They thought he might need special care because he only had 3 paws, but he was just as energetic and active as any puppy.

At the time, Glenn was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer, and he noticed that the pain went away when he was hanging out with Daniel.

"I never told it to my doctors because I don't think they would believe me.  I didn't believe it myself, but it had to be because I didn't change my lifestyle at all. The only difference was the addition of Daniel."

That sparked an idea.

Soon after, Daniel got some special training and joined the Red Cross Human Animal Bond Program at Tripler Army Medical Center. Glenn says they visit a couple of times a week for a few hours and he believes Daniel boosts the morale of patients.

"There's something about a dog that brings out the best in people. And I'm not too sure whether its their warm heart, their kind spirit or their enthusiasm for other people. But people just embrace dogs."

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