Thomas Ramey Watson

Comfort Dogs Provide Support to Newtown Massacre Survivors

There are no words that can adequately express the horror of the tragedy that took the lives of 20 young children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. What a horrible way to end a year.

A poignant thing took place there this past weekend. Several groups of therapy dogs sent their canine ambassadors along with their handlers to the town to meet with and offer solace to survivors and families. They are calling them “comfort dogs” – what an apt description.

There is something unique about the human-canine bond. It’s different from any other human-animal relationship. Scientists have theorized it was caused from dog’s domestication by humans some 30,000 years ago. Others have tried to study the intricate emotional connections between human beings and “man’s best friend.”

Scientific studies aside, when you observe and/or experience the absolute selfless love and concern expressed by dogs to people, it is a magical moment. It is pure innocence conjured from the innate empathy dogs possess toward other living beings.

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