Walgreen's customers receive warm, fuzzy greetings from therapy dog

Dozer the Therapy Dog

With Angie Nousiainen's help, Tashana Striegel, then 5, reads a book to Dozer the Therapy Dog at the Crestview Public Library last year. Dozer is now also a greeter at Walgreen's.

BRIAN HUGHES/ News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 03:41 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Wal-Mart's loss was Walgreen's gain.

When handler Angie Nousiainen offered the services of Dozer the Therapy Dog to the local branch of the world's largest retail store, management was suspicious, she said.

"Wal-Mart couldn't understand why somebody would offer to do something without getting something in return," she said. "They couldn't comprehend it and I just gave up. But Walgreen's jumped on it and said, 'Come here, come here!'"

Dozer is now a monthly greeter at the drug store — and customers love it, Nousiainen said.


‘Good response’

Many residents know the friendly black-and-white Great Dane from his visits to nursing homes and as a children's reading dog at the Crestview Public Library.

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