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Good Samaritan residents get a big, furry visitor and his dog too

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Good Samaritan residents get a big, furry visitor and his dog too

Michael Martin of Backus, known locally for his stature and beard, brought his dog, McGee, to Pine River’s Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Society on Thursday, April 17, to visit.


McGee, a German shepherd and Great Pyrenees mix, visited with residents throughout the building. In passing, one resident claimed that McGee was not a dog, but a horse.

Martin said McGee is a 2 1/2-year-old dog rescued from a windowless barn in Pine County where he was neglected and poorly fed. Martin adopted him through the “No Dog Left Behind” program.

After adoption, McGee proved to be a very big, very calm and well behaved dog.

“That is why I want to try him as a therapy dog for those who can no longer have their pets close to them, and miss theirs as much as I would,” Martin said.

This was McGee’s first visit to Whispering Pines. He behaved very well, so Martin would like to continue bringing him to visit on a monthly basis.

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Travis Grimler
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