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Meet Digit; a four-legged way the VA is helping patients

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Digit visits with Veteran Waldo Wilburn of Grayson, Ky. Digit visits with Veteran Waldo Wilburn of Grayson, Ky.
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HUNTINGTON -

There is nothing quite like the warm feelings from a loving four-legged friend. 

Meet Digit. She's a 6-year-old English Sheepdog who helps to provide love and comfort every week to patients at the Huntington VA Medical Center, according to a recent release. 

Digit is part of the medical center's pet therapy program aimed at bringing smiles and easing pain. 

VA Recreation Therapist Brent Sturm stated in the news release that Digit stirs an immediate reaction from patients.

"They sit up straighter in the bed and lean over to pet her.  Even the family members in the room smile and want to pet her," said Sturm. "Our patients start telling stories about their pets and happier times that they've shared with their own animals. It helps them to forget about their illnesses and problems for a little while."

Digit has been thoroughly trained and working as a therapy dog since she was only 12 weeks old.