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Old 12-18-2012, 03:42 PM
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I wasn't quite sure how to do it, being on my own...in the end I just parked my car and we walked up to the memorial site near the river, and later to the memorial site at the entrance of the school road. It is difficult to describe what is was like. We were needed...Tess went up to people on her own, nuzzling their hands, staying at their side, looking up to them with her big brown eyes...she just did everything on her own, even went up to the State troopers.
There were more Goldens, I saw a few of the Chicago dogs, huge Berners, tiny pugs, and all of them doing a great job. In the end you don't even notice the camera's anymore, it's just the people and your dog. It is so impressive to be there, I can't even describe it. We will go back tomorrow, and certainly on Friday, when it is a week ago this horrible thing happened.
What a wonderful act from you and your dog, I'm sure you helped comfort many people and will continue to with every visit. I can't wait for my pups to mature and be able to help those in need, goldens are such wonderful amazing creatures.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:47 PM
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We'll look for you. I'll probably be wearing a red quilted coat. Zoe doesn't wear a vest but I may put a bandana on her. She looks pretty much like her picture below.
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Thank you for taking Tess I am sure she was a huge comfort. I had people asking me to take Mikado my pit bull to the red lake school after the shooting there but in the end teh requested that after the healing song pow-wow they didnt want reminders of it by people coming in. You have to respect each persons views.
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Inge, thank you for choosing to step forward and help. As someone mentioned, I can imagine it must have been difficult to maintain composure. I'm proud of both you and Tess for your efforts. There is no one better at offering comfort than a golden. I hope you will follow up here later this week and let us know how you two are doing. Bless you.
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Thank you so much for what you did and are doing. I will be there in spirit with you and sending much love from both Gambler and me.
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It must have also felt to good to have done something to help. I feel the need to help, but feel so helpless.
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It must have also felt to good to have done something to help. I feel the need to help, but feel so helpless.
Yes, I know what you mean...but the moment I heard about these people driving for hours from out of state with their therapy dogs to help, I thought: we have therapy dogs here, too. The biggest hurdle was the feeling that you don't want to be in the way, you don't want to impose on people. But people react so 'pure' (if that is a correct word in this context); the atmosphere is so impressive, the touch of a dog makes people smile, or cry, or talk, or just kneel down and hug her. She doesn't want anything, just gives...we could only stay for 2 1/2 hours, she was drained by then...
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Bless you and Tess for doing this valuable work.
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What a wonderful way to comfort all those hurting at the site. Bless you for this act of kindness and compassion.
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I think it is so wonderful what you both and your dogs are doing!
I will be with you in spirit.
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