This link is to the website for one group of Comfort Dogs who were used both for the kids in the Sandy Hook tragedy and those wounded at the Boston Marathon bombing, among other places. http://www.k9comfort.org These dogs are Golden Retrievers, although I doubt they needed much training. Goldens are, I’m told, naturally friendly and cooperative dogs. I sure hope so cause we’re getting a Golden Retriever puppy in a few weeks. Lola had nine puppies, seven females, so I’m expecting that we’ll get a female. We’re still discussing names, although it’s Wayne’s turn to pick the name. I shudder to think what he’ll choose. Little A**hole is his latest suggestion. EGADS!! I like the one on the far right with her paw around the next puppy. We’ll see. Stay tuned for more cute pictures.
What I want to propose today is that folks consider pugs as comfort dogs. Isn’t that cutest face? How could anyone resist him? This dog, named Cooper, was adopted into our family a few years ago. He’d been kept too much in a dog crate, and he still runs into his if I scold him. Now he just sleeps in there at night.
My husband, Wayne, loves this dog totally despite his tendency to ‘mark’ various places in the house; to bark furiously at everything–airplanes, garbage trucks, the mail person, my shadow, you name it; and to ignore you when you call him. Aside from all that, he’s a loving, happy dog who always prefers to sit in Wayne’s or anybody’s lap and chew on a toy. That is, unless someone rings the door bell, then he launches himself like a rocket to race to the door and BARK.
But I think folks are missing the boat to not use these guys as comfort or therapy dogs. What kind of dogs do you have? Are you a dog or a cat person? I’d love to hear from you.