This is Isaiah, he’s a five month old golden retriever that’s part of a group of dogs that come to sites of tragedy to help people heal. The group, K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs are a church based group that brings these dogs to provide comfort to those who experienced trauma. It’s really wonderful.
Head over to the article Comfort Dogs Come to Boston to see more of these dogs’ visit to Boston. Here’s a sample from the article,
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.”
There are about a dozen dogs in the K-9 Parish, which is based at a Lutheran church in Chicago. This isn’t the only comfort dog group in the country, but it is the most popular group, and the only one that travels extensively around the country. Other comfort dog groups typically work locally out of churches, hospitals, and universities.