REPORT: A group of golden retrievers have just been dispatched to Boston to help "comfort" those grieving from the Boston Marathon Bombings. We may remember these dogs being sent to Newtown back in December with the Sandy Hook Shooting. These dogs are trained as "comfort dogs" to help ease pain for grief-stricken people.
Five golden retrievers made their way around Boston Wednesday, visiting some of the 176 victims of Monday’s marathon attack. Maggie, Addie, Luther, Ruthie, and Isaiah are comfort dogs, dispatched to various communities in the aftermath of tragedies. They’re trained like service dogs, but focus on providing emotional support.
“The dogs work for about two to three hours at a time, and then we make sure to give them a break,” Lizzie Brose, a handler for the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs, told BuzzFeed. “They really do absorb the feelings of the people around them.”