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A therapy dog in training sought out a man at the airport who’d lost his own pet the day before.

Madison Palm knows her dog Cora has a special talent for sensing when someone needs comforting. But even she was surprised and touched by what happened when Cora approached a man sitting alone at the airport.

Madison and Cora were recently flying from their home in Idaho to Alaska to visit Palm’s mother when Cora walked right up to the man and sat at his feet. Madison noticed the man beginning to cry.

“Cora quietly tip toed away from me during our crazy long layover and plopped herself right next to a complete stranger. He gave her scratches, told her how cute she was, and proceeded to take a photo of her; he also shared with us that he lost his beloved dog the night before,” she wrote on Facebook.

Madison says Cora is very empathetic and patient and happy to meet everyone, making her the perfect candidate for a certified therapy dog. “I’ve never had a doubt that Cora can sense those who are hurting and those who need companionship and love,” she wrote. “She is a natural born therapy dog in every way. I am so blessed to call her my dog.”

“I truly think she has a gift. She knows who is hurting and she knows who needs her,” she said. “Once he told me that his dog passed away I looked at Cora and I thought to myself, ‘You are so amazing. How did I get so lucky?'”


Cora’s compassion may just come from her personal experiences of hardship. Madison, 23, tells TODAY how she rescued Cora from a backyard breeder just a few months before her eighth birthday.


“She knows who is hurting and she knows who needs her. I’ve never questioned that. I am blown away by her on a daily basis,” she said. “Who knew a dog who was unloved for seven and a half years could have so much love to give?”

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