On May 10, 2013, the children at the LABBB Elementary program in Burlington, which is housed at the Francis Wyman Elementary School, were lucky enough to have a visit from some very special guests. The Lutheran Church Comfort Dogs came to the classroom for the afternoon. Comfort Dogs are dogs who are trained to interact with people at various events, and in disaster response situations. These dogs bring a calming influence, which allows people to open up their hearts and receive help for whatever is affecting them. These are the same dogs that visited the people of Boston after the recent tragedy. These wonderful dogs have also visited the local rehab centers and hospitals where the victims are beginning to pick up the pieces and get their lives back together.
We want to thank the Principal of Francis Wyman School, Mrs. Susan Astone, for bringing these wonderful Comfort Dogs into our classroom. We all greatly enjoyed their company. The two dogs we met were Shami, from Illinois, and Moses, from Nebraska. Shami and Moses are members of the group who are specifically trained and known for their calm tempers and loving qualities around young children. They are both highly trained allies, and often provide therapeutic, physiological, and psychological support to children all over the country who have special needs. Shami and Moses were each accompanied by their facilitators, who are partners to the dogs, and are solely responsible for handling them. Shami and Moses were able to bring our children affection, non-judgmental companionship, encourage social interactions, increase a sense of self-esteem, increase a sense of purpose, improve moods and increase optimism.
It was a wonderful experience!