But Kye isn't your average Golden
"In disaster or when there's a
crisis, people tend to clam up and they feel isolated often and a comfort dog
just by petting a dog your blood pressure lowers, your heart rate lowers you're
more relaxed and when you're more relaxed you are able to open up a little bit,"
Robertson witnessed the power of
what comfort dogs like Kye can do after a car accident killed two
"Immediately we thought to ourselves 'let's get the comfort dogs up here for the kids'." Robertson said, "It was amazing to watch the kids and how they reacted to the comfort dogs and then we knew we definitely wanted to be a part of the program and we wanted a comfort dog here at Immanuel."
So when life's got you down, Kye will be there, with floppy ears ready to listen. But she's a multipurpose pup, and has also been known to tune into a good story.
"She's brought to school every
morning and the first thing that she does is, we stand out in the front and
greet the students," said Judy Schaefer, Immanuel Lutheran School Principal, "many
of the students come up and say 'hi,' 'good morning', [they] pet Kye... sometimes
I actually have to say it's probably time to go to class now."
Schaefer says having Kye roam the halls has been helpful to the school and it's students.
"Even though we've only been in school for a couple of weeks, we've had a couple of situations with kids who've been upset for one reason or another... and just having Kye here has made the difference," Schaefer said.
Immanuel Lutheran wants Kye leave her paw print on the area.
"What's important to us at Immanuel is to be the hands and feet of Jesus," said Robertson. "We want the community to know that Kye is there for them. We want to share in their sad moments. We want to be there for them when there are crises. We want to be a part of their happy times. We want them to be able to contact us and let us know if they can think of a way that a comfort dog might be a service for them. Give us a call and let us know."
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