How Getting a Puppy Helped My Terminally Ill Teen

My daughter sits with 5-month-old Roo in a park — Photo my own

he puppy was 10 weeks old and a little over a pound the day we brought him home. He was a fancy mutt, a combination miniature poodle and Yorkshire terrier (yorkie-poo) that will likely grow no larger than five or six pounds.

My 14-year-old daughter was in Manhattan getting radiation for tumors in her lungs the day I picked him up — he was a surprise that would be waiting for…