Golden Retrievers Sent to Comfort Newtown, CT Survivors

goldensnewtonBaxterBoo friends understand the comfort that a pet can bring through times of difficulty and times of joy, so learning about a team of Golden Retrievers making the 800-mile trip from Chicago to assist in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting is a bright spot in this horrible tragedy.

Lutheran Church Charities, which runs the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs initiative, sent out a team of 9 golden retrievers to assist the residents of Newtown, CT, who are still reeling from the tragedy that claimed the lives of 20 young students and eight adults, including the shooter. These specially-trained dogs have also journeyed to help victims of Hurricane Sandy and the residents of Joplin, Missouri after the tornado hit.

Photo credit: Allison Joyce for the New York Daily News

Photo credit: Allison Joyce for the New York Daily News

“Dogs are nonjudgmental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone,” said Tim Hetzner, president of the Addison, Ill., organization, speaking to the Chicago Tribune. “It creates the atmosphere for people to share.”

BaxterBoo.com personally thanks the volunteers and the dogs for their time and efforts to bring comfort and support to the residents of Newtown, CT. You are heroes!
For more information, visit the Chicago Tribune.

5 thoughts on “Golden Retrievers Sent to Comfort Newtown, CT Survivors

  1. I saw this posted on Facebook, and it received a lot of derogatory comments. People were saying the dogs didn’t look comfortable and they were portrayed as live teddy bears. There were complaints that some of the dogs wore prong collars. I don’t understand why some people have to be so critical and negative about such a positive experience for these poor people. If the dogs were uncomfortable with so many people petting them, the would not be Comfort Dogs. And as for the prong collars, Goldens are big, strong dogs. Our Airedale wears a prong collar when he goes on walks to keep him from pulling. It is very seldom used to correct him, but when it goes on he knows that it’s time to concentrate and to listen. Our trainers called it his hearing aid. Without it on, he could easily pull us down the street I noticed in the video that nome of the dogs with prong collars were being corrected with them.
    I applaud these dogs and their owners for offering this healing comfort to the people of Sandy Hook.

    • I agree with you Linda. I think I saw the same discussion you did and I said something to them. I was amazed at how quickly it turned into attacking this group for doing something so wonderful for Newtown. I’m so happy this lovely group of goldens were able to provide some comfort where it was greatly needed. The dogs might also have looked so sad because they were aware of how much hurt was around them. They didn’t look like they were suffering, just being there and providing love that is so much needed.

  2. I am of proud of the Lutherans for even thinking on how to use the dogs for this part of comfort for the citizens. I am a Lutheran and I did not know that we have something like this. I am praying for the whole town. God Bless the Lutherans and the town.

  3. I think this is a remarkable program. The Lutherans have created an inspiring way of bring comfort and peaceto those coping with crisis. Animals are powerful healers. The people of Newtown continue to be inmy prayers.

  4. I think it is a beautiful act of unselfness love from the dogs and the volenteers. We need love in this sometimes ugly world.

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