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Robotic dogs are being used to comfort people with Alzheimer's and dementia

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Being diagnosed with a degenerative disease like Alzheimer's is difficult enough as it is, but for Tom Steven's mother, it provided a double blow. She had started to train the two-year-old goldendoodle to be aggressive to her caretaker, and Tom had to take the animal away and find it a new home. 

"My mom was devastated," Stevens told Reuters. "So, I started looking around then for substitutes for live animal companions, didn't find anything that she liked or would respond to, so I started wondering whether technology might be able to play a role."