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'It's amazing the connection you can make through a window': Dogs visit, offer comfort to senior centers

“So just to be able to reach out, even through a window, it's nice to be able to make a smile, and that's what we like to do, make a smile with our dogs."

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Seniors isolated by coronavirus, limited on who they can see to best protect them from infection, are getting window visits from some furry friends.

“It's amazing the connection you can make through a window," Mindy Machock said.

The dogs from Zen Dogs in central Florida are nuzzling up to windows and making very important connections.

Machock and her Zen Basset Hound named Woody have traveled from senior center to senior center while remaining outside.

“So just to be able to reach out, even through a window, it's nice to be able to make a smile, and that's what we like to do, make a smile with our dogs,” Machock said.

“What we get out of it is knowing that we're bringing some love and some smiles, and we're sharing these incredible animals that we've worked very hard to train, cause we want to share them with everybody,” Jesse Bonk said. “(The dogs) love putting their paws up and being able to nose to nose with people.”

Over the past couple of months, the dogs have visited about 10 places.

“We've heard from the nurses that it brightens their day. They smile, they are excited to see the dogs,” Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris said.