Burton and Shellie Goldstein of Gaithersburg, Maryland hold their therapy Shih Tzu dogs "The Bear" and "Emma" outside the gates of the U.S. Government's National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, ... more 
Burton and Shellie Goldstein of Gaithersburg, Maryland hold their therapy Shih Tzu dogs "The Bear" and "Emma" outside the gates of the U.S. Government's National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, October 4, 2013. The Goldsteins work with National Capital Therapy Dogs and regularly visit with hostpal patients at the NIH. This week, they were told that due to the federal government shutdown, they could not enter the complex to visit a 12 year-old patient who has leukemia that is no longer treatable. In previous weeks, both dogs visited the boy and the handlers said that the dog brought a smile to Sam's face. The Goldstein's were told that due to the shutdown, the resident veterinarian at NIH was not available to facilitate the visits. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH ANIMALS) less 
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Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:46 PM EDT