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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    Addison Strychalsky, 2, of Newtown, Conn., pets Libby, a golden retriever therapy dog, during a visit to a memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims in Newtown, Dec. 18, 2012.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    Lily Willinger, 2, of Newtown Conn., pets Libby, a golden retriever therapy dog, during a visit by the dogs and their handlers to a memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, Dec. 18, 2012, in Newtown.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    Children pet a pair of comfort dogs provided by the Lutheran Church Charities from Illinois, in Newtown, Conn.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    Addison Strychalsky, 2, and her mother, Jennifer, left, of Newtown, Conn., pet Tilley, a golden retriever therapy dog, during a visit from the dogs and handler Mary Minard, right, to a memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, Dec. 18, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    Lily Willinger, 2, of Newtown, Conn., pets Tilley, a golden retriever therapy dog, during a visit from the dogs and their handlers to a memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, Dec. 18, 2012, in Newtown.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    Maureen Pendergast and her 11-month-old son, James, visit with a comfort dog near a makeshift memorial in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 18, 2012.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    Maili Pieragostini, 6, of Newtown, Conn., stopped in to visit with a pair of comfort dogs provided by the Lutheran Church Charities from Illinois. The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry has nine golden retrievers in Newtown to help comfort community residents in need.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    K-9 Comfort dogs Chewie, left, Ruthie, center, and Luther.The dogs, mostly golden retrievers, "bring some relief" to children, and put "a smile on their face, kind of like a teddy bear, but a live one," Tim Hetzner of the Lutheran Church Charities told ABC News.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    The Lutheran Church Services K-9 team takes a photo. The dogs are especially trained to comfort survivors in the wake of a disaster.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    A golden retriever from the Lutheran Church Services K-9 team relaxes with children. It takes a year to train the dogs, making them calm enough to work with the public in post-disaster situations.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    A little boy plays with a golden retriever from the Lutheran Church Services K-9 team in Newtown, Conn. Some of the dogs were stationed outside an interfaith memorial service on Dec. 16, at which President Obama spoke, eulogizing the 20 children and seven adults killed in a massacre executed by Adam Lanza, 20, on Dec. 14, 2012.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    A little girl leads a dog from the Lutheran Church Services K-9 team in Newtown, Conn.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    Ana Deaguiar and her 16-month-old son Giovanni pet a local golden retriever in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 18, 2012. The animals are "like a counselor" and dispense "trusting unconditional love."
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    A little girl meets with a Lutheran Church Services golden retriever in Newtown, Conn.
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  • Comfort Dogs to the Rescue

    A little girl gets friendly with a golden retreiver from the Lutheran Church Services K-9 team.
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