Canine Comforts

by Bob Hughes on June 17, 2016

Bob Hughes · Small Actions · June 17, 2016

Pendulum in Action, small actions, help soothe a troubled soulIn this week of death and hatred, it’s heartening to see that some people have the decency to deploy the best we have: comfort dogs.

The Lutheran Church Charities (Northbrook, Ill.) sent 12 golden retrievers, part of its K-9 Comfort Dogs team, to Florida to help soothe the souls of some of the victims of the attack, the families of some of the victims and even the emergency medical workers who tended to the injured. In fact, the dogs were available to anyone who needed their unconditional love.

“We’ve had a lot of people here that start petting the dog, and they break out crying,” said Tim Hetzner, the president of Lutheran Church Charities, in a New York Times article about the efforts.

The dogs, accompanied by 20 handlers, visited churches, hospitals, vigils and memorial services. Simply petting a dog, touching a dog, being with a dog that only aims to please can do wonders for a person.

You sometimes wish that humans would love as unconditionally as these beautiful animals.

Take a look at this video, and see how wonderful these dogs can be to help soothe a troubled soul:

It’s perhaps wishful thinking to believe that we won’t need such comfort going forward, since people being people, terrible things will continue to happen. But at least these dogs can provide a little bit of solace for those affected by tragedy.

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