This won’t come to a surprise to any of you that know the healing power dogs can provide those who are stressed.
I remember when my mother died when I was 14 my Brittany spaniel, Rose, would just come and lay beside me, snuggling just close enough so I knew she was there. Her eyes showed her concern. That helped heal me more than any of the thousands of words I heard from friends and family.
Locally therapy dogs are used to comfort residents in nursing homes and patients in hospitals. Programs pairing stray dogs with troubled teens have been very successful for both.
Thanks to Cheryl Miller for passing this along.