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Dogs arrive in Newtown
to comfort survivors

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/16/2012 7:18:43 PM

CHICAGO — A team of golden retrievers made an 800-mile journey from the Chicago area to Newtown, Conn., over the weekend to comfort people affected by the shootings Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lutheran Church Charities sent about 10 of the dogs for residents who want to pet them while they talk or pray with the dog’s handler, said Tim Hetzner, president of the Addison, Ill., organization. “Dogs are nonjudgmental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone,” Hetzner said. “It creates the atmosphere for people to share.”

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 12/16/2012 7:27:39 PM     (No. 9069807)

whattya think..
AP..

probably two cats and a goldfish..
15 mile trip from the east side of Newtown..

i´ll wait til the third revision of the story..

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Reply 2 - Posted by: horacer, 12/16/2012 7:42:11 PM     (No. 9069823)

Very nice story. Dogs can do so much for people in pain. When my sister´s husband ran off years ago, a little beagle helped to heal her young kids.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/16/2012 8:40:58 PM     (No. 9069857)

Nothing like a dog when you really need a friend.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 12/16/2012 8:45:14 PM     (No. 9069860)

Cripes almighty we´ve become such a nation of wussies....

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Reply 5 - Posted by: VinGoombatz, 12/16/2012 8:53:21 PM     (No. 9069868)

My guess is that those dogs will do a whole lot more than the

weird...bad...ugly speech that I´m hearing Barry give right now. A speech that is summed up in the word "scaremongering"

What a strange creepy man.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: fayebeck, 12/16/2012 8:59:32 PM     (No. 9069874)

Enough with the pyscobabble bs. What ever happened to the Yellow Ribbon thingy.. I am beginning to believe that many people just love to let the world know that they are grieving. Look at ME. I am grieving. Time to grow up and take care of business. I totally agree with #4.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Canesplitter, 12/16/2012 9:07:12 PM     (No. 9069881)

Isn´t that a little racist to call the pres. a dog?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: flatwater, 12/16/2012 9:09:23 PM     (No. 9069885)

Who will comfort the families of the more than 300 Mexican citizens murdered because of Barack Obama´s "Operation Fast & Furious?"

Why is Obama hiding behind "Executive Privilege?"

Why is Eric Holder hiding behind "Executive Privilege?"

Why did Obama and Holder FORCE lawful American firearms dealers to sell weapons to Mexico´s most murderous drug cartels?

Why won´t anyone in the "Associated Press" ask Obama any tough questions about it?

Why do ABC, NBC, CNN, PMSNBC, NPR and PBS all cover up the bloodshed resulting from Obama and Holder´s treachery?

Don´t lecture me about gun control, Mr. President. YOU ARE PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR OVER 300 MURDERS.

Buy yourself a mirror, Barky. There´s blood on your hands.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Sheepfarmer, 12/16/2012 9:12:01 PM     (No. 9069888)

I would rather hug a dog than ever be forced to listen to BO. Working to get my own young Lab trained enough so we can go visit people in the hospital. Dogs can help.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 12/16/2012 9:17:07 PM     (No. 9069892)

Dogs are also useful visitors at nursing homes for the same reasons. Much better than draging Zippy the Marxist Traitor though one of them!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: escaped commieny, 12/16/2012 9:20:55 PM     (No. 9069894)

Thank you #9, certain, ahem, posters, don´t seem to understand the healing power people receive when connecting to unconditional, silent love from dogs, labs seem to have tremendous empathy for hurting humans. Anyone that calls a parent that just lost a child, a wuss, is below contempt an those that agree. Where is our Flag option?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MHR, 12/16/2012 9:32:13 PM     (No. 9069905)

It´s lovely that they´re doing it and yes to #12, many new posters, many unpleasant comments...

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Reply 13 - Posted by: jorgecito, 12/16/2012 9:34:13 PM     (No. 9069908)

"I would rather hug a dog than ever be forced to listen to BO." Well said, #9!

For the children who went through a horrifying experience, trained therapy dogs might be just the thing.

Far better for the kids to hug some friendly dogs, than to be forced to sit down and "share" with a "grief counselor."

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Reply 14 - Posted by: excalgalcg, 12/16/2012 10:02:58 PM     (No. 9069937)

There are so many times I just sit and talk to my labradoodle and he just lets me hug him. I take him to visit my elderly aunt in assisted living and though he can be excited when meeting people, he is a different animal when he steps inside the building. He loves to be petted and people love to pet him. Dogs are truly responsive animals and I, too, believe they know when you hurt. I have noticed some very cranky posters on this site, also. Sending dogs for comfort is a wonderful gesture.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Shells, 12/16/2012 10:08:50 PM     (No. 9069944)

I agree with the kind posters here. The dogs will offer some comfort, short term.

Unfortunately I think very few mental health professionals are up to this task.

God will hug them through these dogs. Counselors will annoy them.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: BcdErick, 12/16/2012 10:38:51 PM     (No. 9069968)

This is a very good idea. A trained dog can do wonders with children and some, though not all, adults.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MamaElephant, 12/16/2012 11:06:45 PM     (No. 9069996)

The faces of the children and adults leaving the school looked as if they had witnessed the gates of Hades. The parents of the surviving little ones were clutching them with all of their might. Someone just posted a photo online of three sobbing policemen who had just seen the carnage of the tiny victims. If some silent, loving and kind golden retrievers can offer any one of them a moment of respite from their pain and fear, they should have it. God bless them all, and thank you,Lord, for our canine friends.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Trenet, 12/16/2012 11:18:54 PM     (No. 9070014)

If you have a dog you understand the action of those who are bringing those wonderful healers.They will help,no doubts about that!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: PageTurner, 12/16/2012 11:29:26 PM     (No. 9070027)

It´s a lovely gesture. Gentle friendly doggies best out ´grief counselors´ and ´group therapy´ and all the other nonsense of the social science profession. Just a doggie (or a kitty) is better.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 12/17/2012 1:45:58 AM     (No. 9070114)

Please pray for Pastor Morris (Christ the King Luth. Church) and other pastors in this town of less than 2000 people. May God strengthen them and convey strength through them.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Kurto, 12/17/2012 2:47:16 AM     (No. 9070143)

They better hold off with the dogs until 0bama is gone, it might upset the children when he eats one.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/17/2012 2:48:13 AM     (No. 9070144)

Very beautifully said, #19. These special little creatures are such a gift from God anytime - but especially now. These precious people need all the love we can give them.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 12/17/2012 2:59:40 AM     (No. 9070146)

What #19 said. And sheesh, #4 --- have a heart!

Losing your baby a week & half before Christmas... I cannot imagine it. Most probably already had their presents under the tree. Many likely still believed in Santa Claus. Well, now they´ve met Saint Nicholas in person. They are done with this planet.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Rather Read, 12/17/2012 5:30:46 AM     (No. 9070209)

When I had to place my mother in a nursing home, I was so hurt and sorrowful. My sweet kitty seemed to know what I needed. She jumped in my lap and turned on the purring full volume. The love of a pet is worth more than an hour of psychobabble.

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