When tragedy strikes, the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dogs Ministry gets into high gear. The ministry is home-based in Addison, IL. They have been in Newtown following the school shooting there, helping many children and adults try to cope with their grief. Dogs are effective grief counselors because they are totally accepting of any emotions. They do not judge. They do not talk. They are there to listen and provide comfort, allowing themselves to be petted and loved, gently nudging the grieving to let them know they are not alone.
[The first two are AP photos.]
Ruthie and Luther are packed and ready to go to Boston.
Isaiah is packed and ready
Ellie and Lucy would love to help.
Ellie certainly has the temperament but no training.
Lucy? Well, she's a bit rambunctious.
The comfort dog ministry is a wonderful one. The dogs will be stationed at the First Lutheran Church in Boston; a few blocks from the site of the bombing. They will also visit the victims in area hospitals. You can learn more about the Comfort Dogs here.
As journalist and author Christopher Morley said, "No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does."
Our thoughts still reach out to the people of Boston; to the workers who are helping them; to the Boston Police Department; Boston Fire Department; and the volunteers providing assistance; and to the people who refuse to let terrorism govern they way they live. This week we are all Bostonians.