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Denise Pederson, diagnosed with MS, gets a hug from her helper dog, Mac. The golden retriever helps Denise around the house. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Golden retriever helps Park Rapids woman diagnosed with MS

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Denise Pederson has a new best friend in Mac, her helper dog.

Denise, who has Multiple Sclerosis, was paired with Mac in October 2008 through Helping Paws, based out of Hopkins.


"He's just a joy. He's a good companion and able to help me out in so many ways," she said.

MS affects the central nervous system and interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body, often impeding people from moving.

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