Therapy Dogs Arrive in Boston to Comfort Survivors of Marathon Bombing

Amid the suffering and wreckage of the tragedy in Boston, a little furry comfort is on its way.

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Luther and Ruthie - bags packed and Boston bound

Amid the suffering and wreckage of the tragedy in Boston, a little furry comfort is on its way.

Specially trained golden retrievers are being sent to the city by The Lutheran Church Charities to provide relief to the community after the attacks, reported Today.com.

The dogs will be stationed at a Lutheran church just a few blocks away from the finishing line, for anyone who wants to talk or cuddle. They are also scheduled to visit victims of the attacks in local hospitals, Today said.

A user on Reddit posted a photo of a therapy dog — not affiliated with The Lutheran Church Charities canines— greeting those who returned to the area to collect their gear Wednesday morning — and the image has gone viral, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

According to Grist, the Lutheran Church Charities started this program after the Northern Illinois University shooting in 2008;  dogs were brought to Newtown, Conn. in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings in December.

There are a total of 67 dogs in the program, and some of them, like Louie, have their own social media accounts.

Boston Therapy dogs

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K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie and Luther along with LCC staff Rich and Dona Martin visit with a survivor of the bombings in Boston just before she went into surgery for her leg.

 
k9 comfort dogs

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Luther and Isaiah waiting patiently to board the plane.

K9 Comfort Dogs in Boston

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K9 Comfort Dogs in Boston.

74 comments
Blonde_M
Blonde_M

@foodycatAlicia For trauma, then the canine prog is brilliant, but exams/work stress is a part of life that students best learn how to deal

tevet
tevet

@Thisangelbites Most dogs are empathetic to humans, trained to be calm/obedient & let them be dogs, people respond well to presence of dogs

ardenbee
ardenbee

Does anyone happen to know if these dogs are still in Boston today?

smowtalzamah1
smowtalzamah1

@omarsuhaibani الله يعزكم بس كلاب يمكن كلابهم تتكلم وتقول لابأس طهور ان شاء الله. الله لايبلانا بس.

MyrnaEscalante
MyrnaEscalante

@JulieCyprus I think it is a great idea! Whatever can help ease the pain and memories of what was lived that day. Thank you for sharing!

Camille Cain
Camille Cain

Ummmm, that's "L U T H E R A N" Church Charities, TIME Magazine! Geeeez.

foodycatAlicia
foodycatAlicia

@Blonde_M was being more tongue in cheek. Although one girl in the year above me at school was hospitalised because of stress.

foodycatAlicia
foodycatAlicia

@Blonde_M I don't think you are being harsh! The occasional sob on the floor when you have 3 exams in a week is part of the experience.

Thisangelbites
Thisangelbites

@tevet What a good purpose for dogs. I bet they enjoy their comfort visits too.

berniereeder
berniereeder

@ShelleyInPR aren't they sweet? :) thanks for the well wishes -- spirits are certainly lifted since yesterday.

Blonde_M
Blonde_M

@foodycatAlicia Yikes. Well, in that case, clearly she needed more professional help than someone (like me) telling her to man up. x

Blonde_M
Blonde_M

@foodycatAlicia I think so. Stress happens. Dealing with it in the safe confines of a university is how people learn.

NowakDave
NowakDave

@AndreaLHenry I agree with you, puppies are often used in various therapies, nothing calms you down like a little puppy.

foodycatAlicia
foodycatAlicia

@Blonde_M definitely. And playing with puppies probably wouldn't have done that much to help!