Melissa Soto with Susie, a comfort dog, on Tuesday near a memorial site for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. Credit John Taggart/European Pressphoto Agency
The Golden Retriever comfort dogs which served so honorably after the Boston Marathon bombing and the Sandy Hook school shooting have been called into action again.
This New York Times article covers brilliantly what these dogs and their handlers do by sharing unconditional love and comfort.
My only wish is that there weren’t so many occasions when the dogs are needed…
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand
Dogs have a connection to many human events. In the case of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, dogs have helped to provide comfort to the residents left traumatised by the mass shooting there last week.
Comfort dogs, typically Golden Retrievers, have been sent to the area to work with the children and adults to help them through their grief and loss.
The unconditional love and support given by dogs to humans is well documented, with physiological effects such as a lowering of blood pressure proving the impact that petting a dog can have.
Given what has happened in Newtown, any comfort that can be directed to this community will be welcomed.