K-9 Team of Golden Retrievers Travels to Newtown

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According to the Boston Herald, a pack of Golden Retrievers traveled 800 miles from Chicago to Newtown, Conn., to spend the weekend with those affected by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The golden retrievers have spent much of their lives comforting people in hospitals, nursing homes and parks. However, this past Sunday, they dedicated their time to the Newtown community.

The therapy dogs were sent from Lutheran Church Charities with the hope that they would be there for those who needed a furry friend to pet while they prayed or mourned.

Tim Hetzner, president of the Addison, Illinois organization, said, "Dogs are nonjudgemental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone. It creates the atmosphere for people to share."

It all began in 2008 at Northern Illinois University after a gunman killed five students. A group of dog handlers brought their pets to the campus to provide comfort to the community. The students loved the therapy dog initiative so much that they petitioned for them to come back to their campus. There are now 60 dogs across six different states.

According to Hetzner, the dogs spent some time at Christ the King Lutheran Church, where funerals for two children who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School will be held.

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