IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former shelter dog has retired after eight years of comforting patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa.

Maggie, a certified therapy dog, has been part of the hospital's Furry Friends program. Her owner, Sue Braverman, says Maggie seems to have a gift for making people feel better— patients and hospital staffers alike.

Maggie's hospital friends said goodbye to her Wednesday at a retirement gathering. She's 13.

Braverman says Maggie will spend the rest of her days at her home.

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