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Marcia Fritzmeier, of Olmsted Medical Center’s therapy dog program, is joined by Zayda Priebe and Megan Drogemuller, who volunteered to walk Fritzmeier's therapy greyhound, Lucy, at a recent Chatfield health fair.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Marcia Fritzmeier, of Olmsted Medical Center’s therapy dog program, is joined by Zayda Priebe and Megan Drogemuller, who volunteered to walk Fritzmeier's therapy greyhound, Lucy, at a recent Chatfield health fair. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
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Lucy’s ears prick up, her tail wags slightly and she knows it’s time to work…an eager smile lights her slender face. There are little girls to walk her around and around and around — motion with which she’s very familiar — and oh, so many people to meet. 

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