Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Beautiful Story and PAWTY!!

Hi my Pals, I have just a few things to tell you and then I found a wonderful story that I hope you will read.

First a huge package came to my house today and Mommy tried to hide but I saw "Mr. Chewy"on the label. She can't fool me, I just know it is full of pressies for me(giggles). I am so excited!!!

 Next pawty at my house on Saturday for my "Gotcha Day". We will be taking sleigh rides, provided by my sweet Remington. I will be taking the first ride,  alone with him of course. After that we will come in and watch my favorite movie "Lady and the Tramp" and eating cookies and milk or cider. Puddles is bringing the beer, but don't tell Mommy, she said no beer, but if Puddles  as a guest brings it, then she won't say no. Please come and enjoy

Remingtons sleigh ride company
I wonder if these guys will be pulling the sleigh(giggles).

I know this article is kind of long, but what a beautiful thing to do in a very sad and tragic situation. I choose to believe there is always some good in the world. Some days that isn't easy to do. I love you my pals.

Chicago “comfort dogs” sent to school shooting area

Monday December 17th, 2012

Some of the Lutheran Church Charities comfort dogs — (from left) Ruthie, Prince, Barnabas, Abbi, Luther, and Chewie — and their human handlers. (Photo credit: Facebook)
Friday morning’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has left residents of the idyllic New England town heartbroken.
As the people of Newtown attend vigils and leave tokens of remembrance at makeshift memorials near the elementary school, a Chicago-area group is hoping a little time with some canine friends will offer even a little solace to the people of Newtown during this difficult time.
Lutheran Church Charities of Addison, Ill., has deployed a group of their K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs to the town where 27 people — including 20 children, 6 teachers and administrators, and the gunman’s mother — lost their lives.
Lutheran Church Charities president Tim Hetzner explains that sometimes, after tragedy strikes, people are in need of the kind of unconditional love only a dog can give.
“Dogs are nonjudgmental,” Hetzner told the Chicago Tribune. “They are loving. They are accepting of anyone. It creates the atmosphere for people to share.”
LCC first created their K-9 Parish Comfort Dog program in 2008 during the aftermath of the Northern Illinois University shooting, when a shooter opened fire in a crowded auditorium, killing five students. Since its inception, LCC dogs have provided support for people after the devastating Joplin, Missouri tornado and, most recently, Hurricane Sandy. When they aren’t responding to tragic events, the LCC Golden Retrievers often visit hospitals and nursing homes.
Seven of the organization’s Golden Retrievers and their handlers made the 800-mile trip from Chicago to Newtown in waves Saturday and Sunday, arriving just in time for the interfaith prayer service attended by President Obama. Members of the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs group gathered in front of Christ the King Lutheran Church last night to greet mourners. This week the church will host funerals for two of the children who were killed.
Dogs currently serving in Newton include Abbi, Barnabas, Chewie, Hannah, Luther, Prince, and Ruthie. Each Golden Retriever has his or her own Facebook page, Twitter account, and email address so the people he or she meets can keep in touch long after their first meeting. LCC’s goal is to make sure that those who are grieving can continue to benefit from the comfort dogs long term.
“The dogs have become the bridge,” explains K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs handler Lynn Buhrke. She and her Golden Retriever Chewie were among the comfort dog teams who traveled to Newtown over the weekend. “People just sit down and talk to you,” Buhrke says.
Hetzner points out that even petting a dog has its health benefits for people who are grieving.
“When you pet a dog, it reduces your blood pressure,” Hetzner added in an interview with ABC 7 Chicago reporter Chuck Goudie. “And when you relax, you’re more open to share what’s going on.”
Reaction to the group’s Golden Retrievers has been very positive so far, Hetzner says. Right away he noticed the dogs’ presence had a calming effect, even for the people who are suffering the most.
“You could tell which [people]...were really struggling with their grief because they were quiet,” said Hetzner. “They would pet the dog, and they would just be quiet.”
Monday LCC plans to bring the dogs to after-school activities for Sandy Hook students.
“There are a lot of people that are hurting,” Hetzner said.
For more information on the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs or for updates on their work in Newtown, visit their Facebook page. If you would like to help Lutheran Church Charities and their K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs continue to fulfill their mission and assist the people of Newtown, please consider donating to their cause.

Loveys Sasha


Cowspotdog said...

A corgi sleigh ride - just perfect. And it is indeed pawsome what those wonderful doggies are doing to help everyone.

Matilda the Boxer said...

Oh boy, I can't wait to have a sleigh ride! I have to go to my grandparents' house on Saturday, but I'll carve out some time to come celebrate your Gotcha Day!

Unknown said...

I'll be there! Guess I will need to bring a warm coat, huh? Sure gotta love all those doggie helpers!
Lovies, Miss Mindy

Unknown said...

I'll be there! Guess I will need to bring a warm coat, huh? Sure gotta love all those doggie helpers!
Lovies, Miss Mindy

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OH BOY HOWDY.... ERNIE and I will be here SATURDAY fur your big BIRFDAY BASH. We will bring some NEARLY fresh Deer bones fur everybuddy. Ol' Sure Shot was successful the other day.
Ernie wanted to bring 87 of his stuffies, butt I told him they are STIFF and STINKY from his Slobbers so he has to leave THOSE home.
Can't wait fur the Sleigh Ride and the MOVIE.

Two French Bulldogs said...

What a good idea to send healing dogs. Bet the Gotcha Day pawrty will be a blast!!
Benny & Lily

Remington said...

Saturday will be SO much fun! I am in the middle of a blizzard right now. Our power keeps going out.... I got my package yesterday....thank you....Beth won't let me open it until Christmas....I better go and shovel again....I LOVE SNOW! Actually I play more snow football than shovel....ha ha! I will call you later....my cell phone still works! HUGS!

K9 Katastrophie said...

what great dogs. Thanks for sharing their story!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

I definatley want to go on one of those sleigh rides with you. I cannot wait. Maybe we can make some smiles.
And those wonderful doggys- don't you think they are some of our angel friends in disguise that have now come back to help all of us who have broken hearts. Its a beautiful story my Sashy, thank you for sharing it.

kissa-bull said...

your pawty sounds super fun and we cant wait! we are still so furry sad about the angels who lost their lives in the horrible shooting as we take care of two small two leggers who are our brothers and cant imagen anything bad happening to them. we think that those furry goldens are going to do so much good to all those poor grieving people.

pibble sugars
Brinks and Bella

Unknown said...

We are so going to be there. pets on Jets is booked and we have our Winter warmies ready. We are so looking forward to the pawty Sasha. Have a terrific Thursday.
Best wishes Mollly

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

That's a beautiful story.

We hope we can be there for your Gotcha Day...we're going camping soon.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

My Mind's Eye said...

Sasha we read about the Goldens going to Newtown..it made our eyes leak!

Oh girlfriend we'll be there for your Gotcha Day with bells on!!
Hugs madi your BFFF

Dachshund Nola said...

I'll be there!
Comfort dogs, how perfect

Millie and Walter said...

I can't wait to come to your party. It will be my first Blogville party. Mommy said I can't have any beer because I'm not old enough though.


GOOSE said...

I do believe I am bringing the beer for Puddles. She said no one would think the future Chaplin of Mayor Madi's cabinet would bring it in. Not sure what she means. Looking for a sleigh ride.
And tha tis a beautiful story.

Mary Lou said...

Happy Gotcha Day!! Early, I know!! But happy Gotcha Day, anyway!! ;op
Love, Raelyn.... And Rose, my BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE "Mystery Dog"!!

AnnStaub said...

Such a very sweet story. These doggies and their humans are wonderful for providing the support that they have.

Unknown said...

Dey is SO nice to do that


Sketching with Dogs said...

Wow, those dogs are incredible, we really enjoyed hearing about them!
Is there anything better than dogs :)
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

SquirrelQueen said...

You pawty sounds like it's going to be a blast. We are looking forward to the sleigh ride.

Those dogs are so special and they will bring comfort to the folks of Newtown.

Duke said...

No way would we miss your pawty, Sasha! It sounds like fun! We'll bring a cheesecake with cherries on top to go with the beer!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

3 doxies said...

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, I is so excited bouts your Gotcha Day pawty, I just loves pawties. But it is just wonderfuls to celebrate you bein' welcomed into your furever, perfect home. You is so lucky.
I prolly shouldn't ask dis but does you think I could drive da sleigh? BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....yea, guess not. Somebuddy will has to hide da reins...hehehehe.
Me and Brudder Goose will has our stash of "supplies". No one would ever suspect a preacher to has beer..hehehehe.
We seen them doggies on da news and it is a beautiful thing they has done to help those in CT. Dogs are always so willin' to help those in need.


The Websters said...

Your party sounds like so much fun.

Those comfort dogs are fantastic! I wish I could be a comfort dog. Just sitting and being petted and helping people at the same time? PERFECT!


Ruby said...

YEA! PAWTY!!! Oh man, with Puddles and Goose bringin' all the beer and Cheetos, I guess I'll have to bring the 87 thousand squirrels I deaded this month!!
Oh, I saw those doggies on the news yesterday, they sure are amazin' doggies. Good things for the whole town, butts especially the kiddies.

Anonymous said...

Yay, party!! Sounds awesome!!
That is one awesome story, I be visitin their facebook page

Dougall-the-Scottie said...

I am looking forward to your pawty, it sounds like loads of fun!

Puppy hugs always make peeps feel better, those people in Newtown need puppy hugs.