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Comfort Dogs Arrive In Boston To Console After Marathon Bombing

 

Comfort Dogs Arrive In Boston To Comfort After Marathon Bombing

This yellow Lab awaits his flight to Boston.

Back in December, I wrote about dogs who are specially trained to assist in post-traumatic stress situations when they went to console the people of Newtown, Connecticut. Known as the Comfort Dogs for Lutheran Church Charities, the dogs are specially trained to interact with people in disaster situations. Now, they have arrived in Boston to comfort its devastated community.

Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, says the dogs will stay at least until Sunday.

The dogs will be stationed at First Lutheran Church, which is within a few blocks from the finish line where the bombings took place. Hetzner and his team also hope to visit over 100 victims still in hospitals, and says the dogs bring much needed therapy to the frightened and injured:

“They bring a calming effect to people and help them process the various emotions that they go through in times like this. “People talk to the dogs — they’re like furry counselors. It’s a chance to help bring some relief to people that are shaken up because of the bombings.”

The comfort dogs have also been to New York and New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and to Joplin, Missouri, after their devastating tornado. The program began back in 2008 with just a handful of dogs who helped in the aftermath of a shooting at Northern Illinois University (five students were shot and killed). Now the program has 67 dogs in seven different states ready, willing, and able to provide comfort and love during the worst times.

Image: Lutheran Church Charities

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