In the midst of the horror and the grief, there is this: the comfort and unconditional love of a dog. Eight golden retrievers, a breed known for its kindness, were flown to Newtown this weekend by an Illinois-based charity.
The Lutheran group started the comfort dog program in 2008 after a shooting at Northern Illinois University that left five students dead. The dogs were able to provide a healthy distraction to those students who were overcome with grief. The comfort dog program started with a handful of dogs and now has 60 caring canine grief counselors.