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By Andy Marso
Kansas City Star 

Dog lifts cancer patients' spirits at children's hospital


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hunter, a 3-year-old golden retriever with unusually red fur, didn't move a muscle Monday as he lay next to 8-year-old Landon Woodruff-Wicken on Landon's hospital bed.

He didn't budge when Landon poked at his head and didn't flinch when Landon pinched his lips together.

This is Hunter on the job at Children's Mercy Hospital. And he's good at what he does.

"I can do whatever I want to him," Landon said. "He's a giant stuffed animal."

Landon and Hunter are buddies because Landon has aplastic anemia and spent months at Children's Mercy following a bone marrow transpla...

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