Five golden retrievers specifically trained to be loving, comforting beings visited victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Dogs Addie, Isaiah, Luther, Maggie and Ruthie had previously worked in Newton, CT; the bombings happened while Sandy Hook Elementary School is closed for spring break.
According to training group Canine Comfort, “a true therapy dog should be registered with a national therapy dog organization and be held to high health and temperament standards.” In truth, can’t any dog with a loving spirit organically shed some joy upon anyone close enough to interact?
“I don’t have enough money to donate much, I’m not an EMT or anything like that, and no one has taken me up on my post for available housing for displaced runners,” she wrote in the Reddit post. “But I still want to help. The only things I have to offer are two stupid, friendly dogs who make me feel better when the [stuff] hits the fan.”
Several dog-owners joined in, with about 20 people stopping to partake a moment of furry love. Few pet-owning NotMoms would be surprised to hear about an animal’s ability to calm an anxious soul or “listen” to someone’s troubles. In 2012, a study showed that while a man can be quite content if his woman doesn’t like his pet, it’s totally different when it comes to hers.
The idea of a “cuddle-in” might work to address situations of crisis or stress in your area, too. One-on-one, of course, all of a dog’s comforting is just for you.