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All Saints Lutheran Church Pastor Jules Erickson with Cooper, a "Goldendoodle," a mix of golden retriever and poodle, on the church steps in Cottage Grove. Cooper is a therapy dog. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

The right touch: Pastor's therapy dog part of Cottage Grove church ministry


If there are stuffed animals on the floor in the hallway of the All Saints Lutheran Church offices, it's Monday.

That's the day that Pastor Jules Erickson brings her dog, Cooper, to work.

Part golden retriever and standard poodle, Cooper loves his stuffed animals, Erickson said. He also makes loving connections with humans as a therapy dog.

But there's more to it that just being a friendly canine and good companion.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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