LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) – MoDo, a 12-year-old black Lab, has spent years helping others as a therapy dog, freely sharing her gift of infinite patience, kindness and the ability to draw smiles out of nearly everyone.
When she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last September, defenseman Jake Marto of the minor league Colorado Eagles hockey team stepped in to help the dog through her own ordeal.
“I’m kind of her therapy aide,” he said in a video segment recorded at Colorado State University, where MoDo went through successful surgery and chemotherapy treatments for her cancer.

Marto visited MoDo throughout her treatments, giving her love and attention, positive energy to help her through her illness, even coaxing her to eat at times the chemotherapy killed her appetite, reported the Loveland Reporter-Herald (
Now that she has been declared cancer free, MoDo and her owner, Kitt Amundson, joined Marto, the rest of the Eagles, her doctors …