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More therapy dogs arrive in Newtown

Canines help comfort still-grieving town.

By Vetstreet Aug 6, 2013 2:36PM

Two new therapy dogs are heading to Newtown, Conn., in time for the start of the new school year.

Cashew is one of the two therapy dogs being gifted to Newtown, Conn., by Camp Bow Wow. / Camp Bow WowCashew, a Labrador retriever, and Nutmeg, a whippet mix, are a gift to the town, as its residents continue to heal after the December shooting that left 26 students and staff members dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The dogs are being donated by Camp Bow Wow, a national pet-care franchise, as the company launches its new Scout's Angels philanthropic initiative. The pair will be introduced to the community next week, and will be joined by other therapy dogs in the program and their partner therapists for several community events hosted by the group.

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Dogs have proved to be a big help in the wake of many tragedies, and several canines have been on hand to help in Newtown.

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Photo: Cashew is one of the two therapy dogs being gifted to Newtown, Conn., by Camp Bow Wow. / Camp Bow Wow

Aug 11, 2013 4:41AM
I also heard that some of these dogs are actually crisis dogs and have screen actor guild cards. 
Aug 8, 2013 11:02PM
If it works great. I hope it does. But are we holding back the kids recovery by constantly reminding them of what happened. Seems like every week I'm reading where they are doing something for the kids. 
Aug 8, 2013 9:01PM
Camp Bow Wow, What a Cute Name......And Idea!!!       Love for Everyone!!
Aug 8, 2013 5:41PM
Aug 8, 2013 5:22PM
This is SO great! Nothing brings a smile to a face, or a lightness to a heart better than a dog!  "Animal Therapy" ~ wagging tails, puppy eyes and big paws; certainly  the best "medicine" the  Dr. could have ordered!    :)
Aug 8, 2013 4:17PM
What a blessing...Praise God and the people  and dogs from Camp Bow Wow for their amazing work and selfless help for the people of Newtown... These animals are such amazing creatures

angels such helpers animals are - thank you to Camp Bow Wow and Pups!!!!

Aug 8, 2013 12:35PM
It's really quite remarkable what dogs can do, sometimes in the most subtle ways.  Just their presence can be comforting.
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