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Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Fri Jul 24, 2015 03:15 PM CDT

A Tough Country

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- It was the small John Deere tractor cross-stitched onto a piece of fabric stretched across the walker that caught my eye. Most of the other residents in the nursing care facility I was visiting were gathered to greet guests. Marjorie watched from afar.

I was a bit of an outsider in this environment myself. My golden retriever and I recently certified to enter such facilities to offer comfort. I was observing and learning how other pet partner teams interact before I begin volunteering.

"Are you a farm girl?" I asked, pointing to the ...

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