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Today.com – Tales of hope abound in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, and even four-legged workers are pitching in to provide relief (and cuddles) to those in need. Throughout the week, the Boston community can count on canine comfort from five specially-trained golden retrievers deployed by Lutheran Church Charities in Addison, Ill. On Tuesday, three of the organization’s comfort dogs flew from Chicago to Boston, where they joined two retrievers who have been working with bereaved students and parents at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., every day since December. “People talk to the dogs — they’re like furry counselors,” Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, told TODAY.com. “It’s a chance to help bring some relief to people that are shaken up because of the bombings.”The dogs are set to remain in Boston until Sunday, and possibly longer depending on the needs of the community. They’re stationed at First Lutheran Church, which is a few blocks from the finish line of yesterday’s marathon — the site of Monday’s bombings. Hetzner says the team will likely visit the area’s hospitals as well, where over 100 victims are being treated.

Marathon bombings. What marathon bombings? Seriously one look at these comfort dogs and I already forgot what I was sad about. That’s what happens when our Nations most elite comfort squad arrive on the scene. They are like the Seal Team 6 for making people feel better. The most elite group of comfort dogs on the planet. Dogs that are specifically trained to find sad people, look them in the eyes and get pet. No they can’t change the past, but at least they can help people cope with the present. The unspoken bond between humans and dogs once again on full display. Meanwhile the Westboro Baptist Church is getting ready to fly to Boston to protest funerals with an army full of cats.