Here’s a video of some TDI Therapy Dogs (the same organization Bear is certified in) in Connecticut to help after the Sandy Hook Shootings
Several dogs turned up in Newtown to help residents cope with their grief after Friday’s brutal killing of 20 first graders and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Nearly 25,000 dogs, and their volunteer owners and handlers, are registered with Therapy Dogs International, a non-profit based in Flanders, New Jersey that sets standards for canines that “bring joy and comfort to those in need.”
For several hours, they were the centre of attention at an ever-expanding teddy bear memorial by the town Christmas tree, just down the hill from the ill-starred school.
Locals, visitors, even journalists from the many TV satellite trucks parked nearby, paused to stroke and hug the dogs, aged five and nine. They appeared to relish the attention when they were not peering up at their owner Michael Jones for a treat.
In another part of town, Ken Whalen of Smithfield, Rhode Island went directly to Hawley Elementary School with his seven-year-old golden retriever Cooper to comfort children on Newtown’s first day of school after the tragedy.
Another video about therapy dogs in Connecticut, from the Canine Comfort Dog Ministry