MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For the last five years, Maureen Leach and her golden retriever, Passion, have spent their Friday mornings at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of St. Paul.

With her sweet demeanor and loving spirit, Passion couldn’t be a better fit for the job. With every room she enters she brings smiles and laughs from patients, families and even doctors.

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The best part of the day was when a parent told WCCO it was the first time her daughter had smiled all day.

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There was another family who spent a good 20 minutes surrounding the beautiful dog. The young girl’s mom asked her if she was feeling any pain now that Passion was here; she didn’t.

Those moments are dime a dozen for Leach and Passion, but to witness them is just incredible. The pair trained for nearly a year before receiving their certification.

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Leach is also a dog trainer and offers in-home training and classes. For more information on how you can train your dog to be a therapy dog visit, click here.