Comfort dogs have arrived in Orlando for some important work
Amidst the tragedy unfolding this week in Orlando, Florida, we’ve seen how people come together to grieve and support each other in the most remarkable ways. And there’s one other very important way that Floridians are finding solace in the days after the Pulse nightclub shooting, which left 49 people dead: a visit from some very special animals known as comfort dogs.
WFAA-TV in Dallas/Ft. Worth introduced us to a golden retriever named Phoebe, who is now in Orlando with other 10 other comfort dogs from 7 different states. These pooches have arrived at the site of national tragedies around the country, including the Boston Marathon bombing and the Sandy Hook massacre, to spread their special furry love.
Phoebe is already quite experienced, having visited eight hospitals in the Ft. Worth area. As WFAA reports, she and other comfort dogs have trained for one year to 18 months for their special jobs. Phoebe has logged in over 200 hours providing comfort to the bedridden and sick and that makes her a perfect companion for scared, tense and grieving individuals finding their bearings after the deadly weekend in Orlando.
Phoebe has flown out for one week with her caretaker from Lutheran Church Charities to visit Orlando-area hospitals and anywhere else the dogs are requested. And with her wet nose, soft caramel fur and calm demeanor, we’re certain she’ll be source of comfort for everyone she meets. Just look at that face!
You can watch WFAA’s segment on Phoebe’s work below:
Learn more about the K-9 Comfort Ministry through this web site. Thank you, Phoebe, for your work and thank you to Lutheran Church Charities for bringing these dogs where they are needed!