In a time of difficulty, spending time with animals can heal some of the pain.
Following the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, dogs from the Lutheran Church K-9 Comfort Dogs program will visit the First Lutheran Church of Boston.
The church, which is a few blocks from the finish line of the marathon, will give Bostonians the chance to hug, pet and spend time with the comfort dogs.
According to Boston Magazine, the dogs were deployed to Boston on Monday, the same day as the attacks. They will be at the church through Sunday, April 21.
Reverend Ingo Dutzmann, pastor of the First Lutheran Church, said the church as been packed with people since Monday.
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“The dogs produce their own advertising, really. It’s kind of like a pretty girl in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. I think those girls are great, of course, but I think these dogs are better. These dogs are 100 percent geared toward how they can make someone feel better,” he said to Boston Magazine.
Two of the comfort dogs that will be present, Addie and Maggie, are the same dogs sent to Newtown, Connecticut following the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.
Dutzmann added that animals have an “uncanny ability” to detect sadness and distress. Rather than shying away from it, dogs are attracted to it.
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