“Therapy dogs are ‘furry counselors’ for Newtown community”

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By Scott Stump, TODAY contributortdy-121218-comfort-dogs-1.photoblog600

“As the community of Newtown grieves the loss suffered in Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, a group of friendly, four-legged counselors has helped provide some comfort.
A team of nine specially-trained golden retrievers and 14 handlers sent by Lutheran Church Charities traveled from the Chicago area to the Connecticut town over the weekend to help console those in need. Some children smiled for the first time in days as they pet the therapy dogs for a calming effect. Some adults prayed together with the dogs’ handlers.

“They’re here to bring unconditional love and comfort and compassion to people,’’ Hetzner said. “It helps [people] cope with their grief… [The dogs] love to be petted, and they love to love. They love everybody, and that’s the beauty of the dogs.’’

Thanks Cathy for sending this great article.  Wonderful


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