Mayo Clinic brings in new canine team member

Published: Dec. 18, 2018 at 10:18 PM CST
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The newest employee for Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare has only been on the job for five weeks, but she's already become a patient and staff favorite.

The two-year-old Lab, named Luna, started in November, and is from "Canine Companions for Independence".

Luna works with patients at Mayo Clinics in the Coulee Region, whether it be to brighten their mood or to help during physical therapy.

Luna's handler, Lisa Morgan, says so far the response has been overwhelming.

"Gets them talking about their own story, their own pets. A lot of times it starts tears of either sadness or joy, or memories. It just kind of, just when you think you've got holistic care wrapped up, you bring a dog in and it just takes it to a whole new level," said Morgan.

Luna is the first facility dog in the Mayo enterprise.

She's trained in more than 40 commands and the hope is she'll work at the system for the next ten years.