ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s a warm summer morning, and 10 dogs are gathered in the parking lot, tethered to humans by leashes sleeved with small, snazzy turquoise and black tags bearing their names and their affiliation with High Desert Therapy Dogs.
Here’s Zia, a stately black German shepherd and the biggest in the bunch. There’s Gracie, the chihuahua mix and the smallest. Leonard and Lucy, the Brussels griffons who look to all the world like wookies. Tessie the yorkie poo. Suki the Japanese Chin. Carli the beagle. Two Socks, a golden poshie, whose two white front paws give him his name.