Friday, April 19, 2013

Comfort Dogs Arrive in Boston in the Wake of Tragedy

Frank with Isaiah (in front), Tim (Luther), Rich (Ruthie), Fred and Dona with the United Airlines crew.

The members of the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, proudly posed for the camera before flying to Boston to console those who were affected by the Boston Marathon bombings which occurred on April 15th. 

Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, says the dogs will stay at least until Sunday.

Lee Ann Yanni had been training to run her first full-distance marathon in October at the time of the Boston Marathon bombings. She said she's planning to run again when she recovers.
The dogs will be stationed at First Lutheran Church, which is within a few blocks from the finish line where the bombings took place. Hetzner and his team also hope to visit over 100 victims still in hospitals, and says the dogs bring much needed therapy to the frightened and injured.

Hetzner said,"People talk to the dogs - they're like furry counselors. It's a chance to help bring some relief to people that are shaken up because of the bombings." 

To donate to the LCC Comfort Dog Fund click here or if you would like to follow the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs on Facebook click here.

Thank you! And Boston thanks you too! 


  1. We just love those dogs. They will help provide so much comfort and healing. I know, cuz my buddy Bert does it every single week at the hospitals and school.

    1. I thought of Bert when I read about the Comfort Dogs! I remember reading about Bert's visits to the hospitals and schools and think it is so kind of him to help people in need!

  2. What a heart-warming post today. I'm sending others over to read about it. Hugs, Deb

    1. Thank you, Deb! The dogs certainly can't heal them physically but they can heal them emotionally and that's a start, right?

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  4. If I were traumatised by something so terrible, I know hugging and talking to one of those wonderful dogs would be a huge comfort to me. It's a wonderful gift to bestow on those who are suffering. Thanks for telling us about it and I'm so glad Deb sent us over here!

  5. My peep knows how much comfort a dog can be, she always gives me a big cuddle when she's upset. Those doggies do great work!

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