Golden Retrievers Help Comfort Victims in Boston

The K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs are on the ground in Boston acting as furry counselors for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing incident.  This group of dogs and handlers are from Lutheran Church Charities in Addison, Illinois and have been helping ease the pain of victims after tragic events.  They were on scene after the shooting in Newtown, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Luther and Ruthie packed and ready to head to Boston – LCC

The five golden retrievers and their handlers are stationed at First Lutheran Church, which is a few blocks from the finish line of yesterday’s marathon, the site of Monday’s bombings.  They will spend the rest of this week visiting the injured at Tufts Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

LCC President Tim Hetzner told “They bring a calming effect to people and help them process the various emotions that they go through in times like this.”

Comfort dogs comforting victim Lee Ann Yanni before her surgery – LCC

The Comfort Dog program began in 2008 after a gunman killed five students at Northern Illinois University and now has over 60 dogs in six states.

Isaiah, Addie, Maggie, Luther and Ruthie are all golden retrievers with their own Facebook pages, business cards and Twitter accounts so people can stay in touch after meeting.

To contribute to the Comfort Dogs, please visit here

Another organization, Dog B.O.N.E.S Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts was also ready to help.  Here, golden retriever Bailey (and handler Jack Foley) are standing by.  B.O.N.E.S. stands for Building Opportunities for Nurturing and Emotional Support.



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