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New Directions For Women's Therapy Dog Featured in American Kennel Club

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Featured in American Kennel Club's Fall Issue of their online publication, Family Dog, David Hertzberg and his golden retriever, Lola, were featured as an AKC Hero & Helper. Titled "The Light Makers", the article chronicles David's struggle with addiction, the addition of Lola into his family, her emotional contributions to his Al-Anon Meetings and then her transition as a certified therapy dog. For the past 6 months, Lola has been serving as a volunteer therapy dog for the patients at New Directions For Women in Southern California. Quoted in the article, New Directions For Women's Executive Director, Tania Bhattacharyya comments on the important role that Lola serves "as a non-judgmental ear, to laugh and relieve tension especially after a hard family session. 


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About New Directions For Women - For nearly 4 decades, NDFW have expanded to become an internationally recognized, comfortable, luxury, attractive 30-bed residential rehab located in Southern California (CA) in Costa Mesa. State licensed and certified, our award-winning facility touts a very high recovery rate. We accept most insurances and have partial scholarship opportunities available for those who may lack some financial resources. Contact our caring intake coordinators for more information and to arrange the finances for your loved ones care at (888) 969-8729 or visit

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