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Tess and I went to Sandy Hook....

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.
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Bless you and Tess! I admire what you're doing and why, I know it can't be easy but I agree it is needed.
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What a wonderful thing you are doing. I can't imagine how hard that is. I tear up just thinking about it. Someday I would love to get Tayla into a therapy dog program. She is not a supper enthusiastic people dog, but likes to be close and be petted. I thought she would be good since she doesn't have the normal Golden "I'm going to jump on everyone I see and make friends with them" attitude. She is more quiet around people but likes them. I thought she would be a good dog for just that kind of thing.

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Inge, thanks for sharing. I've emailed the Newtown Family services saying Zoe was available but haven't heard back from them. I've been reluctant to just go there because it seems like such a flood of media and strangers into the town. It sounds like just showing up is ok?


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Inge, thanks for sharing. I've emailed the Newtown Family services saying Zoe was available but haven't heard back from them. I've been reluctant to just go there because it seems like such a flood of media and strangers into the town. It sounds like just showing up is ok?
I felt the same as you do. My coordinator at Yale New Haven Hospital emailed that two teams had gone during the weekend and that more people were needed. I just went up. I will definitely go there tomorrow and Friday. If you like we can meet up.
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Inge, we can go tomorrow. Any idea where and when can we look for you?


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We will go to the same places again, the two memorial sites with all the Christmas trees. We will be there in the morning, about ten. I have a green coat and Tess wears her red YNNH vest, you can't miss us. The first site is in the centre of Sandy Hook, near the river. The other site is up the hill, you will see a fenced off walking area for pedestrians. I start downhill, then go up, and end downhill again.
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