The massacre in Connecticut last week was unthinkable, to say the least. The human suffering still to come is also unthinkable. People close to the victims and their families need whatever help they can get. So bring in the dogs.
Over the weekend, a team of comfort dogs visited people affected by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lutheran Church Charities, which has a division of K-9 Comfort Dogs, dispatched the dogs and their handlers on Saturday, and 10 Golden Retrievers made the 800-mile trip from Chicago to Newtown.
K-9 Comfort Dogs has a long history visiting people in hospitals and nursing homes.
“The dogs have become the bridge,” said Lynn Buhrke, one of the handlers, according to the Seattle Times. “People just sit down and talk to you.”
Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, said, “Dogs are nonjudgmental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone. It creates the atmosphere for people to share.”
On Saturday night, they first stopped at Christ the King church and visited with Pastor Robert Morris.