Several Golden Retrievers were brought in to the community of Newtown Connecticut over the last few days to help children and families deal with their unimaginable grief after 27 people, including 20 innocent children were gunned down on Friday December 14th in the small, normally friendly bedroom community.
The Hudson Valley Golden Retriever Club responded with some of their goldens and set up at a makeshift memorial in the town center. They were greeted with open arms from both children and adults.
Another group of Golden Retrievers from the Lutheran Church Charities program called K-9 Parish Comfort dogs, traveled all the way from Chicago. The non-profit organization provides comfort to various places around the country in the wake of tragedy. Today the dogs were to be spending time with the students of Sandy Hook Elementary for after school programs.
“Dogs are non-judgmental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone,” It creates the atmosphere for people to share.”
The LCC K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs Facebook Page has a great quote:
“A dog is a friend who brings a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them.”
Each of the golden retrievers on the team carries business cards with their contact information. Here are some of their facebook pages:
CNN reports on the Comfort Dogs:
Here’s a segment from NBC Nightly News called “Making A Difference” with Brian Williams. It features the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs.
Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who dedicate their time and their goldens to bring even a small amount of happiness at such a heart wrenching time. My heart is with the citizens of Newtown…