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Joe Buzay’s canine companion Frankie received the Companion Dog of the Year award from the Minnesota Veterinarian Medical Association. Army veteran Buzay, who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, said that Frankie has saved his life. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Army veteran bonds deeply with DL-trained patriot assistance dog

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In the years before they met, both Frankie and Joe had been a little down on their luck.

Frankie was homeless and literally living on the streets when he was taken in by Aldrich, Minn., veterinarian Dr. Bridget King, founder of PAWS (Pets Abandoned, Wanting Support) in 2011.


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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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