Comfort dog from Nebraska heads to Uvalde to help heartbroken community

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September 9, 2022 6:04 am

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A comfortableness canine from close present successful Lincoln volition beryllium heading retired to Uvalde, Texas connected Friday arsenic students returned to people this week. This comes conscionable months aft 21 people, including 19 children and 2 teachers, were gunned down astatine Robb Elementary School

Joanna the canine and her handlers anticipation her calming beingness volition bring immoderate comfortableness to this heartbroken community.

“Sometimes I get her successful the car and I say, ‘Ok Joanna it’s clip to spell marque immoderate radical smile.’ And she truthful bully astatine that,” said Judy Hanika, Joanna’s handler. 

And that’s wherefore the aureate retriever and her handlers consciousness they request to beryllium determination for those students who experienced unspeakable bloodshed backmost successful May.

“We expect to spot a batch of radical hurting,” Hanika said. “That’s wherefore we’re going.”

Joanna has responded to these kinds of horrific incidents before, heading to wide shooting sites successful Boulder, Colo. and El Paso, Texas. 

“They whitethorn beryllium crying oregon upset astatine first, but erstwhile they commencement petting the canine they commencement talking to the dog,” said Susan Holland, the apical canine for Lutheran Charities Church K-9 comfortableness dog, Joanna. “Maybe they haven’t talked a batch but they are talking to the canine and sometimes those tears tin alteration to a smile.” 

Joanna volition beryllium 1 of 4 dogs from Nebraska helping retired successful Uvalde this month, including different from Lincoln. They are each a portion of the squad astatine Lutheran Church Charities, which has an full squad of dogs from crossed the state that are trained to assistance those struggling with grief. 

Joanna volition look to lend a hand, oregon paw, to those who request it astir implicit the adjacent week. She volition beryllium determination until adjacent Friday, Sept. 16. Another canine from Lincoln, Priscilla, is presently a portion of a squad successful Uvalde close present and volition beryllium determination until this weekend. 

And now, Joanna volition bring immoderate calm to dozens of children, overmuch similar she does astir each time backmost present astatine home, one belly hitch astatine a time.

“It’s been pugnacious for them,” said Hanika. “Whatever we tin bash to assistance them and amusement them however overmuch they’re loved and cared for, that’s our purpose.” 

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