BaxterBoo 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.
“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.”