Golden Retrievers Bring Joy, Healing to Boston

6 Golden Retrievers from the Lutheran Church Charities K9 Comfort Dogs will be in Boston to help bring joy and comfort to the thousands of people attending the area for the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21st.  2 of the comfort dogs,  Addie and Maggie are already in Boston.  They also plan to visit hospitals and first responders.

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Luther, Ruthie, Hannah and Rufus will arrive in Boston tomorrow and will be stationed at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkley St.- just a few blocks away from where the bombings occurred last year.  The dogs work for about 3 hours at a time and then are given a break.

Here they are with LCC president Tim Hetzner and their wonderful handlers, preparing to leave.

Photo - LCC Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs - Facebook

Photo – LCC Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs – Facebook

President of LCC Charities Tim Hetzner says

Our goal is to bring mercy and healing to those that are not only physically affected, but emotionally affected, too.”

Here’s some coverage of the comfort dogs visiting Boston last year:

Dogs will be available at the Boston Lutheran Church at 299 Berkley St:

Thursday 5-7 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.

Friday 3-7 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Monday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Travel expenses and other expenses are covered by donations from the public.  If you would like to donate to the LCC Comfort Dogs, please click here.

 Comfort Dogs are returning to Boston for Marathon Weekend – Yahoo News

 

Comfort Dog “Prince” Featured in High School Yearbook, Graduation

Portage, IN – Prince, one of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, is retiring from his position as a comfort dog at Portage High School.  In honor of Prince, his picture was featured in the yearbook with the graduating senior students.

From Portage High School Yearbook

From Portage High School Yearbook

Prince has patrolled the halls of school for the past 4 1/2 years and was loved by all the children.  He would also accompany his handler Tim Kunstek, a guidance counselor in his sessions.

There’s something really calming about golden retrievers; they have a big effect on people,” said Kunstek in an article from Yahoo Shine.

Prince at work - www.facebook.com/Prince-Comfort-Dog

Prince at work – Facebook

On Sunday led the parade for the graduation ceremonies wearing a cap and gown!

Prince - Facebook.com/Prince-Comfort-Dog

Prince – Facebook.com/Prince-Comfort-Dog

Prince was one of the Comfort Dogs who traveled to Newtown, CT in December after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Here he is with LCC president Tim Hetzner.

Prince in Newtown, CT - Facebook

Prince in Newtown, CT – Facebook

Thanks for all your hard work Prince, and have a wonderful retirement!

Prince will be replaced at Portage High School by Comfort Dog Isaiah.

To donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort dogs, click here. 

Golden Retrievers on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma

The LCC K9 Comfort Dogs are once again called to action in Moore, Oklahoma after a tornado devastated the community, and the casualties are still climbing.   It is really kind of sad having to post so often on their appearences at the tragedies occurring for my neighbours to the South.  They are in my thoughts and prayers.  Ruthie, Barnabas, Kye, Bekah, Zeke and Lila are on their way in this photo from their Facebook page.  Please click here to donate to their efforts.

LCC K9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Barnabas, Kye, Bekah, Zeke and Lila and handlers on the way to Oklahoma (Facebook)

Another golden retriever is part of the rescue and recovery efforts.  Chief and his handler Andrew Pitcher from Nebraska Task Force 1 are part of a group of 8 teams searching for survivors in the destruction.

Chief was rescued from Roice Hurst Humane Society in Clinton, CO.  His guardians are Barbara Phelps and Michael Walker. Chief was named after gardener Mike McGroarty from Mike’s Backyard Nursery.  His nickname was “Chief”

Andrew Pitcher and Chief - Nebraska Task Force 1

Andrew Pitcher and Chief – Nebraska Task Force 1

Here is an amazing article from Search Dog Foundation – whose slogan is “from rescued to rescuer”

8 SDF Teams Searching For Survivors in Moore, Oklahoma – Search Dog Foundation