A few weeks ago, the worst mass shooting in American history took place in Orlando, Florida at a gay night club called Pulse. It is seen by many as a blatant attack on the gay community, and has once again brought the gun control debate to the forefront of political debate and deadlock.
Amidst this terror, fear, and anger, service dogs from all corners of the country are arriving in Orlando to help comfort people in the wake of the horrifying attacks. Specially trained for such times of crisis and stress, these furry heroes are being welcomed with open arms.
Barney and I will be traveling to Orlando tomorrow with other teams to bring comfort to those who are hurting. Teams are…
An entire pack of service dogs from Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs in Chicago arrived on Monday with their handlers, following the invitation of an Orlando church. Other dogs and their handlers have made their way to Florida from places as far away as Iowa, Nebraska, and even Wisconsin.
On our way. . .This is the Chicago area group that are departing this morning from O'hare. Four other LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will be joining us in Orlando.
“Everyone wants to pet the dogs,” said Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities in a statement to ABC News. “Some people just want to lay on the ground with them and talk. The dogs are like a bridge for people to talk about what’s bothering them. The dogs are confidential, they’re good listeners and they’re nonjudgmental. And talking about things is one of the most important ways to heal.”
When I first saw Russell he was surrounded by the media. A local LGBT activist and an employee of Pulse, he had a lot of…
Survivors and friends of victims have been overcome with emotions when comfort dogs are brought to them. The dogs are especially trained for this and are an invaluable help to people in crisis. It just goes to show that dogs truly are Man’s best friend.