Dogs Help to Comfort Newtown, Connecticut


Our hearts are shattered over Friday’s tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. We found some much needed solace and beauty in this story about people harnessing the love and power of dogs to comfort victims.

As the Chicago Tribune reports, Lutheran Church Charities in Chicago dispatched a team of about 10 golden retrievers to travel 800 miles to Newtown on Saturday. While residents grappled with this incomprehensible trauma, the goldens were there for anyone who wanted to pet them while praying or talking with the dog’s handler. In explaining dogs’ miraculous abilities to break down barriers, Tim Hetzner, president of the Addison-based organization said “Dogs are non-judgmental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone.” Each dog carries a business card with its name, Facebook page, twitter account and email so those that meet the canine can keep in touch.

It is our every hope that the residents of Newtown find as much comfort, peace and hope as they can in the wake of Friday. We’re proud of these 4-legged heroes who are so effortless in expressing love.




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