- Punxsutawney native found dead in Harrisburg
- Teens suspected in Jefferson County burglary
- Brookville man jailed for threatening woman
- Reynoldsville family escapes early-morning blaze
- Security breach at Dairy Queen believed to be cause of Brookville card scam
- Brookville card scam getting worse
- Early morning fire destroys Jefferson County home
- State police investigating crash on 1-80
- One driver injured in 1-80 crash
- Crews work to clean up after storm in Clearfield and Jefferson Counties
- Two coal trucks collide
- Police: Man strikes wife with baseball bat, charged with attempted homicide
- Speed limit increases Monday on I-80
- Search continues one month for woman who jumped from car
- Fire damages home in Jefferson Co.
- $325K Cash 5 ticket sold in Jefferson Co.
- Feds pick Sun Air to fly from Blair Co. airport
- 6 local airports receiving funding
- Family continues to search for missing woman
- Family pleads for daughter who jumped from car to return home
- Girl gets surprise visit from her hero
- $1 million winning lotto ticket sold in Jefferson Co.
- Woman missing after jumping out of car
- Hundreds support Trooper Brad Wilson with benefit run
- Man arrested after Jefferson Co. domestic dispute
- Man arrested after domestic situation in Jefferson Co.
- Man killed in Jefferson Co. crash
- 3 troopers honored for helping to save fellow trooper in Jefferson Co. shootout
- New destination could be offered at the DuBois Airport
- Fire in Jefferson Co. destroys two cars and garage
- Therapy dogs a success in Jefferson County
- Several area schools score high on state performance profile
- Old tradition in Jefferson Co. brought back to help woman
- Social media rumors fuel weapon scare at Jefferson Co. school
- Jefferson Co. elementary school students searched after possible threat
- Community sending care packages overseas
- Tornado sirens to be tested in Jefferson Co.
- Man hosts mud-bogging event for friend who lost home in fire
- Missing stop sign may be cause of Jefferson Co. crash
- Jefferson Co. woman arrested, bond set at $5 million
- Teacher of the year receives another award
- Tolls could surface on Interstate 80
- Wounded Marine given the gift of improved vision
- Several arrested in Jefferson Co. drug sweep
- Jefferson Co. drive-in could close down
- Police called to a fatal car crash in Jefferson Co. early Saturday morning
- $30 million I-80 project underway in Jefferson Co.
- Brookville bridge reopens after hole discovered
- All 4 One Orphan Care Conference kicked off Saturday
- Fundraising dinner to help recovering Jefferson County trooper shot in the line of duty
- Two arrested in suspected mobile meth lab in Reynoldsville
- PIAA plan would limit athletics at charter schools
- 2 suffer burns in Jefferson Co. fire
- Distillery bringing moonshine to Jefferson Co.
- Man's ashes spread at Gobbler's Knob
- Dinner to benefit injured trooper planned for April
- Injured trooper shares his road to recovery
- Two more arrested in connection with meth lab
- Son of man who shot trooper in Jefferson Co. facing drug charges
Therapy dogs a success in Jefferson County
Updated: Thursday, May 29 2014, 03:58 PM EDT
By: WJAC Web Staff
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. -- For years a Jefferson County woman has been sharing with others the joy she feels with her two dogs. She has been bringing her pets to visit those who need a little bit of cheer and companionship in their daily lives.
Peggy Brown has been taking her Golden Retrievers, Sarah and Sadie, to visit nursing homes and living facilities as part of dog therapy.
"I like to go visiting and I really do like to visit and I like to listen to people, so I get a double bonus," Brown said. "I get to enjoy it and [the people] get to enjoy the dogs."
James Deahl used to have a very active lifestyle until a stroke nine years ago made mobility difficult. Deahl has been living in a nursing home for two years said he enjoys getting a visit from Sarah and Sadie.
"They're a lot of fun, take your mind off problems," Deahl said. "I was very active at one time. I loved to hunt up in the mountains and climb the mountains. Ever since my stroke, I cry a lot, can't help it."
Deahl is an Army veteran and said the extra company means a lot.
"To have a dog come in and visit you, and act the way these dogs do, you can't beat it," Deahl said.
Betty Evans recently moved to the nursing home a week ago after living in York, Pennsylvania, for the past 10 years. She had to make the move without her dog, but is happy to have Sarah and Sadie fill some of that void.
Evans and Deahl agreed that it's great to have company coming to visit, no matter if it's dogs or humans, and it makes them feel good.
In addition to visiting at nursing homes, Brown said the dogs will be part of programs at schools to teach children about dog safety.
Contact her Brown at Brownie333@hughes.net.