I flew through LAX earlier this week, and the Las Vegas shooting happened when I was in the air on my way home to New Zealand. LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) has had a dog therapy programme in place for a few years.
The airport announced this week that in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, it had added more of its PUP teams to support passengers at a time of intense stress and grief.
Volunteer PUPs Jack and Chance with their “moms” Debra Mindlin and Heidi Huebner at LAX’s terminal 4 on Monday, Oct 2, 2017. (Photo courtesy Heidi Huebner)
The PUP teams are made up entirely of volunteers who enjoy sharing their dogs with passengers and staff at the airport. Yet another way that our dogs can work for us, and use their unique gifts of unconditional love and support.
I wrote about the PUPs programme in August 2014, by the way:
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is known for its frantic pace and passenger volumes. While it can be an exciting place, it can also be stressful.
Dogs are about to make this airport a whole lot better!
PUPS, Pups Unstressing Passengers, was launched last week. This new programme involves trained dogs and their volunteer handlers who will wander throughout the gate and departure areas to visit with passengers. They’ll provide comfort as well as be knowledgeable about the airport.
Each volunteer had a 4-hour classroom session to enable them to be familiar with the airport, the layout of airlines, and operational procedures.
This YouTube video provides an overview of the programme, including the collectible trading cards that will be available portraying each dog’s photo!
Can’t wait to travel through LAX on my next trip! (And maybe, for those of us traveling from New Zealand, San Francisco’s airport will start a similar initiative.)
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