The lesser known of New York’s canine heroes, comfort dogs, such as this golden retriever, help soothe those affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Similar to search-and-rescue dogs, comfort dogs travel to disaster scenes to aid relief efforts. Studies show that people experience physiological changes—such as a drop in heart rate and blood pressure—when they pet animals.
Until now, I had no idea that dogs were involved in the emotional comforting of distressed humans. I thought this was so phenomenal, I had to share with the online public. It really is amazing how influential animals can be. This picture was, I thought, very moving. It is lightening to know that we as humans will always have someone beside us in times of such despair.