Yesterday during the late service at Holy Cross, our new comfort dog, Esther, was officially passed the leash which permits her to go to work anywhere she's needed. The director of the Lutheran Church Charities program came down from the Chicago area to be a part of this ceremony and 3 other local Comfort Dogs joined in as well. It was all extremely adorable, but behind it all is a very serious business for these animals. They are trained to give children, adults and first responders a bit of respite and love from tragic, sad and disastrous events. At other times they are available to add to the joy of fun times. They sit with shy students while they read, go to hospitals, to the aftermath of shootings and tornadoes. As cute and huggable as the are, they will be working dogs.
Here's a look at some of them from yesterday.
Noah, Jonah, and Esther
And during church, Tabby who came late, Noah, Esther and Jonah with members of Holy Cross who will share the duties with Esther.
Even a working dog gets tired after a busy morning.