Today's Golden Girls are not our dogs Ellie and Lucy. They are instead the Comfort Dogs from Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dogs Ministry (here) about whom I posted on Wednesday. These dogs arrived in Boston shortly after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon and have been visiting patients and family members all week.
(Pictures are courtesy photographs from Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dogs Ministry from Today Pets.)
Comforting an injured runner before her surgery.
Look at her smiles.
A fifteen-year-old told of his meeting with the dogs, "It's relaxing---takes my mind off what happened." The teen is recovering from surgery to remove shrapnel. "It's good to have my mind away from the accident, the doctors. To have a moment of peace. I haven't had many moments of peace since it happened."
Student nurses need comfort as well.
And the dogs visited other patients not involved in the marathon.
Here are the comfort dogs and their handlers.
These beautiful and immensely helpful Golden Retrievers are truly golden. Thank you, trainers, owners, and managers for this magnificent ministry.
How else could we end a post on this painful week than with our beloved friend, the late Fred Rogers:
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers---so many caring people in this world."
Our heartfelt thanks to all the helpers. And our thoughts and prayers go out from across the country to the people of Boston. May you all find moments of peace.
STAY SAFE THIS WEEKEND, EVERYONE. HOLD YOUR DEAR ONES CLOSE.