Kansas teacher uses therapy dogs for her recovery

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A teacher who introduced therapy dogs to the Lawrence school district 20 years ago is now using them for her own recovery.

The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1cTNQgL) reports that 58-year-old Lisa Clark was thrown from her horse in early October. She broke her back, cracked a vertebra, punctured her lungs and broke her ribs.

After a few weeks at the University of Kansas Hospital, Clark was transferred to the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in Topeka.

Over the years, Clark has seen therapy dogs comfort students suffering from conditions like anxiety, cerebral palsy and autism. Now she's also benefiting. When she lifted her left leg several inches off the ground for the first time since the accident, her 8-year-old boxer named Tally was there to see her do it.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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