Q: Is there anything purer than dogs?
A: I dunno, you tell me.
And now, here is yet more evidence that dogs are God’s own creations, that we are not worthy of them and that we’d be entirely lost without them: a whole fleet of comfort dogs has descended upon Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas to bring cheer and lots of sweet soft snooty kisses to the survivors of Monday’s terrifying attack at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip.
The dogs are there courtesy LLC K-9 Comfort Dogs, a group that exists solely to comfort and support survivors of tragedies. Tanks to Buzzfeed‘s Jim Dalrymple II (nice name), we get to absorb their goodness second-hand, via a bunch of very, very good photos.
A whole bunch of comfort dogs are currently at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas pic.twitter.com/Bgs1Dlghh0— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) October 5, 2017
Probably nothing in the world feels better than being greeted in your darkest hour by a gentle, bandanna-wearing Golden Retriever named Cubby or Lois. (I told myself I wouldn’t cry writing this, but here we go.)
This is Lois visiting Michael Caster, who was shot at the concert Sunday night. pic.twitter.com/4C0bcIfve6— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) October 5, 2017
This is Cubby, from Colorado (who was winking?) pic.twitter.com/1vLGzhNr52— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) October 5, 2017
Lois, from Las Vegas, is taking a break at the hospital right now. pic.twitter.com/UexC6Gxkh2— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) October 5, 2017
Recovering shooting victim Michael Caster told Buzzfeed about the special kind of comfort a dedicated comfort dog can bring to your hospital bedside:
You kind of look to the dog for some clarity. Your mind’s totally on what you need to do going forward and the tragic nature of this event. And they bring the dog there and they’re so innocent.
President of the comfort dog charity Tim Hetzner explained how important a touch of pupper therapy can be:
People relax, their heart rate goes down. Through that process they start talking about what’s happened, and talking about what’s happened is a critical part of healing.
The world agrees.
God bless these comfort dogs https://t.co/vIOAjUyWrd— Alanna Autler (@WSMVAlanna) October 5, 2017
I have to say, the best development to arise in the past few decades of tragedies (of any kind) is comfort animals. They are pure goodness. https://t.co/9U2IvkSFP2— sam (@verysimple) October 5, 2017
On one hand, I feel terrible that they are needed for so many hurting people. On the other, I actually feel better just looking at this pic https://t.co/JnUZ4KOdR3— David Seigerman (@dseigs22) October 5, 2017
Dogs help everything <3 https://t.co/k4X5FDics7— Kerry Leary (@KerryLeary) October 5, 2017
While we’re in dark and unnerving times, at least we know that dogs will keep on being pure, being good – and being there for us when we need them the most. Good dogs. Good, good dogs.
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Image: Twitter / @JimDalrympleII