‘Comfort Dogs’ Bring Much Needed Smiles To Newtown
NEWTOWN, Conn. — It’s hard not to smile or be happy when playing with a pup, and that’s exactly why the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs of Addison, Ill. headed to Newtown, Conn. hours after the deadly shooting.
The group arrived Saturday, bringing with them five specially trained golden retrievers and eight handlers, the group told People Magazine.
Since being there, the dogs have “comforted children and adults with cuddles and nuzzles.”
“A parent will say, ‘Thank you so much, I saw my child smile – and they haven’t smiled for days,’ ” director Vida Johnston said. “The kids are telling the dogs about their own pets, they’re [helping] them laugh, they’re helping some of that burden drop off a bit. And the dogs just lay there, saying the more the merrier.”