Crisis Comfort Dog Helps Children After Crash

 |  Nov 11th 2008  |   2 Contributions

I want to thank Michelle for sending me this great story out of Glendale, AZ.

The first crisis dog to be used by any fire department in the nation was there to comfort seven children involved in a car accident.

When emergency workers discovered seven children were involved, Topaz, a 1 1/2-year-old yellow Labrador was called into action.

The dog just arrived in the Valley from Michigan and the accident was one of his first. The Glendale Fire Department got Topaz from Paws With A Cause and he's still in training.

"The scientific evidence shows they help lower blood pressure," said Lanette Jelinek, the dog's handler. "Just petting them. Animals have a very calming affect."

Police said none of the children inside the pickup was injured. The children said they found the dog comforting.

Is there any end to how dogs help better our lives? This sounds like a wonderful idea and hopefully will catch on around the country.


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