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Dogs provide stress relief for people at Omaha Playhouse

Posted at 7:04 AM, Sep 23, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Getting treatment for mostly anything is not fun a lot of the time, but a new kind of therapy at the Omaha Community Playhouse is looking to change that.

Volunteers from CHI Health brought several dogs to the Omaha Playhouse on Sunday, hoping to give people a chance for some wag therapy before they got to see the musical Annie.

"In the production of Annie our little girl runs away and she becomes lost in the city and she meets a dog and that dog provides comfort to her in a time of need so it seemed like a natual partnership to have these dogs providing comfort for our patrons before the show." Mackenzie Dehmer said, Henry Fonda Theater Academy drector.

"This is the first time we've done an event outside of our hospitals traditionally we do this in January in our facilties to help with winter time blues, but this is the first time we brought it outside of our facility." Kim Sorenson said, CHI Health event specialist.

The dogs came from Midlands pet therapy, and included an aussie lab, a boxer, and a corgi.