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Sometimes Friendly Ears are Furry Ones

Patric Kelly, 8, was sitting on a chair at Bond Mill Elementary in Laurel, flanked by John Deitrich, a volunteer with Fidos for Freedom Inc., and Xander, a sweet-tempered male Australian shepherd wearing a jester's collar. Patric read from "Bully Trouble," a short story about two friends getting back at their tough-guy nemesis, Big Eddie, by allowing him to steal a sandwich doused in hot sauce....

By Nelson Hernandez

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