A shooting massacre at a nearby convenience store in Table Mesa claimed the lives of innocent civilians. Many organizations come to Boulder intending to provide emotional service dogs to the local community. Cubby and Devorah, two golden retrievers from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, came to show their support this week.
According to Bonnie Fear, Cubby’s top dog, and the LCC K-9 coordinator, the national campaign started in 2008. It aims to offer the peace, love, and presence of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need of support. The comfort dogs usually visit schools, clinics, and senior living facilities, as well as other areas.
They also received extensive training to provide people with emotional support. According to Jody Lockwood, they taught dogs to reach out to a hospital bed or place their front paws on someone’s lap while in a wheelchair. They do this to encourage people to pet, hug, and confide in the dog.
This week, Cubby and Devorah visited the King Soopers memorial as well as the Boulder Police Department memorial. Lockwood also shared that they’re expecting four more golden retrievers from LCC in Wisconsin to arrive on Monday. These additional dogs will be there to further support Boulder residents.
People are not really able to share their feelings with others. And having a safe haven where they don’t have to share anything can be very beneficial. Lockwood said that they simply let the golden fur absorb tears.
In addition to the two canines from Redeemer Lutheran Church, four more golden retrievers from Nebraska showed their presence at the King Soopers memorial. All these dogs give and receive love from the public. K-9 Ministry is a non-profit organization that relies on donations, so it does not charge the individuals it helps.
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