And in May, a Labrador named Murch was a pillar of support for a child testifying in a Tennessee court.
As for Merel, at the end of the day, she goes home with Crawford.
"She comes and goes with me wherever I go, to appointments and community events," Crawford explains.
And then it's back to another day of brightening every corner of this courthouse - along with the young hearts who need it most.
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