3-10-20 pet spot

Darcy Jane, a 3-year-old Labrador-collie mix, shown in this February photo, works as a therapy dog at the  Mercy Cancer Center, area schools and other special events in Jefferson County.

Darcy Jane, a 3-year-old Labrador-collie mix, was meant to be a therapy dog, according to her owner, Amy Stopp of De Soto.

Darcy Jane recently completed the Tails with Tales Canine Therapy program.

“It’s a 22-week training course,” Stopp said. “You have to do a temperament test, as well. Darcy Jane met all the requirements. We’ve been making weekly visits to the Mercy Cancer Center, area schools and other special events in Jefferson County.

“I enjoy doing it. It’s rewarding. It’s rewarding to see patients light up, just making their day a little brighter.”

Darcy Jane enjoys it, too, Stopp said.

“She loves all the attention,” Stopp said. “She was definitely meant to do this job.”

Darcy Jane enjoys life in general, Stopp said.

“She has brought so much joy, happiness and love to our family and to everyone she meets,” Stopp said. “I’ve had plenty of people say she’s the happiest dog they’ve ever met.

“Darcy loves to play with her Frisbee, take rides on the boat, run in the open hay field and take long naps with her head on a pillow. If she’s not snuggled up with someone on the couch, she’s on the back of the chair looking out the window or chewing on one of her many bones.”

Stopp said her family adopted Darcy Jane from the Farmington Pet Adoption Center.

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