Loving “Furry Counselors” Provide Relief and Comfort in the Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings

Thanks to the Lutheran Church Charities’ K-9 Comfort Dogs, five specially-trained golden retrievers were deployed to Boston on Tuesday, April 16 to provide relief (and cuddles) to those in need.

“People talk to the dogs — they’re like furry counselors,” Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, told TODAY.com. “It’s a chance to help bring some relief to people that are shaken up because of the bombings.” The dogs are set to remain in Boston indefinitely depending on the needs of the community.

The therapy dogs are especially equipped for extremely stressful situations: Each of the organization’s retrievers has gone through eight months to a year of service training, starting at the age of 6 weeks.

Those touched by the dogs can keep up with their newfound friends on Facebook and Twitter, since each dog has his own social-media accounts.

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