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Via Aiken Standard

Steve Briggs and his therapy dog, Serena, may both be getting a little grayer, but that hasn’t slowed them down.

Briggs and Serena were recently featured in the documentary “Paw Prints: Serena’s Story” that premiered last year. It was produced over the span of one week in 2010 and followed the pair as they made therapy visits throughout North Augusta and Aiken.

“Mr. Briggs is a special person to our classroom in more ways than I can count. When he visits with Serena, the children’s eyes light up,” said Uyen Griffis, a special needs teacher at Hammond Hill Elementary. “Serena comes in with such calmness and patience. Our children are able to talk, some using gestures and picture symbols, to Serena, pat her gently on the head, and show the teacher her ears, eyes and nose. She allows the children to walk with her and always has a gentle kiss for anyone. Mr. Briggs talks with the children about their day and what they are learning. This helps improve their communication skills and interaction with adults.”

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