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Comfort Dogs Provide Emotional Support After Orlando Shooting

Offbeat  (tags: 11, goldies, comfort, dogs, Orlando )

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Eleven comfort dogs, all goldens, from The Lutheran Church CharitiesâEUR(TM) K-9 Comfort Dogs organization headed to Orlando on Monday in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting Sunday morning, in which 50 people were killed âEUR" including the suspected


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Barb K (1678)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 2:49 pm
These pictures of golden retrievers comforting families are as heartwarming as they are heartbreaking.

“Dogs can help,” Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities told The Huffington Post. “They’re like a furry counsel. They’re not judgmental and they’re good listeners, which is good because talking is an important part of healing process. It allows people to process what happened.”

The donation-based group, whose dogs were on the scene during the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting and the Boston marathon bombing, has spent its time in Orlando visiting police stations, counseling centers and were some of the thousands of attendees at Monday night’s vigil outside Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts — a little more than a mile from the gay club where the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place.

“We go where we’re invited and we don’t charge the people we serve,” Hetzner said.

The program started in August 2008 with just four dogs, Hetzner said. The group now has more than 100 dogs in 23 states, according to ABC.


Roger G (148)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 2:53 pm
noted, thanks

Animae C (508)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 4:14 pm
They are Healing!!!
WTG K-9 Comfort Dogs!

Thanx Barb

Sara G (104)
Friday June 17, 2016, 4:00 am
What could be more comforting than a Golden Retriever? Thanks Barb.
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