- ‘Game of Thrones’ failed women—and it’s a shame on its legacy 6 Years Ago
- How to use Tor, the network that lets you browse the web anonymously Today 7:30 AM
- How to live stream Devin Haney vs. Antonio Moran on DAZN Today 7:00 AM
- Trump’s transphobic policies are disgusting—but they aren’t new Today 6:30 AM
- How to watch the Copa del Rey Final online for free Today 5:45 AM
- How to watch the DFB-Pokal final for free Today 5:30 AM
- Curvy Wife Guy drops music video for rap song ‘Chubby Sexy’ Friday 7:33 PM
- A ‘Black Mirror’ spinoff mini-series is coming to YouTube via Netflix Latin America Friday 5:56 PM
- Kanye West appears on David Letterman’s Netflix show to talk Trump, TMZ, and Drake Friday 3:27 PM
- QAnon believers link small-town arrest to deep state conspiracy without evidence Friday 1:58 PM
- Instagram photos showing prison conditions spark massive protest Friday 1:33 PM
- ‘Gay rat wedding’ headline sparks amazing new meme Friday 1:03 PM
- ‘I read a gossip piece’ meme mocks Moby’s Instagram post Friday 12:39 PM
- Rotten Tomatoes wants to see your ticket stub to leave a verified review Friday 11:46 AM
- ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie delayed to 2020 to fix his look Friday 11:39 AM
The trained Comfort Dogs of K-9 Parish go where they’re needed, and they post updates about their travels on Facebook.
In the aftermath of a horror as great as the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, everyone wishes they could do something to help, but most of us simply can’t. Maybe dogs have an advantage over people, in that regard: The mere presence of a friendly, cuddly canine can make people feel better in a way few mere humans could hope to match.
And so the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs, a group of friendly golden retrievers (and their handlers) arrived in Newtown last Saturday evening, initially gathering at Christ the King Lutheran Church and later going to the town high school to meet with survivors and President Obama.
The comfort dog program started in 2008 after the shootings at Northern Illinois University, and proved so successful that the dogs and their human companions have since traveled to comfort victims of other disasters throughout the country, in addition to everyday volunteer works like offering “pet therapy” to senior citizens.
The K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs’ Facebook page says, “These are trained Comfort Dogs for Lutheran Church Charities. They interact with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events and in disaster situations.”
Each comfort dog has its own Facebook page, updated by its human handlers. Not all the dogs who went to Newtown have posted about it as of press time, but Ruthie Comfort Dog posted a photo of herself and her canine colleagues Chewie, Luther, Abbi and Prince, along with their handlers, all preparing to go to Newtown.
On Friday, mere hours after news of Newtown horrified the world, Chewie posted a Facebook update noting that
“I am leaving tomorrow am with my handler Lynn Buhrke to journey to CT and bring some comfort to the community devastated by the tragic shootings today. Please pray for safe travels and guidance!!”
“I was on CNN tonight live! It’s been an amazing day of bringing comfort to the people in Newtown, CT. Take a look at what they said about us on TV.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog program for its work in Newtown can do so via page on crowdfunding site Razoo.
Photo via Luther Comfort Dog/Facebook
Jennifer Abel was an early contributor to the Daily Dot's web culture coverage. Her work has appeared in Mashable, Salon, Playboy, the Guardian, and elsewhere.