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Paws on a Mission

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:18 PM EDT
All this week middle school students in Asheville and Buncombe County are visiting area businesses as part of the "Students at Work" job shadowing program.

As you'll see in our Never Stop Learning report, this mornings' session quickly went to the dogs.

Say hello to Chessie.  She's a registered pet therapy dog and a member of the "Paws on a Mission" program at Mission Hospital.

Her owner, Pam Harbin founded the program in 1999 and she wants these students to know the important role they play in many patients recovery process.

Pam also encourages the teens to follow their dreams using Chessie, who's blind, as an example of never giving up.

Pam Harbin, Paws on a Mission, "it took me two obedience schools to get through the test for a therapy dog because I had always taught with hand signals like this meant sit and that meant down right well she couldn't see that. So I always thought I was a good communicator until I got Chessie so it was a challenge for you too it was a challenge for me as well."

The students also learned about the classes that are offered at the Wellness Resource Center, like tai chi and yoga.

This week more than 22,000 students statewide are taking part in the program.

For more information on the Paws on a Mission program, click herePaws on a Mission

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