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Therapy dogs calm stressed out holiday travelers

Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 00:54

A non-profit organization brings dogs to the Buffalo/Niagra airport to help relieve the stress of holiday traveling. Diane Hodges reports.

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(CLOSEUP PICTURE OF DOG'S FACE) Few people could be angry while looking at Sophie, and that's the idea behind Paws for Love. The program takes dogs to the Buffalo/Niagra airport to help calm stressed-out travelers. Handler Kathy Galus says the service is especially appreciated this week. (SOUNDBITE)(ENGLISH) KATHY GALUS SAYING: "It just helps take the edge off as people are standing here and a little stressed after having traveled all day. " One of those who was glad to see Sophie was Julia Helfman. She spent hours waiting for her flight to Florida, only to see it cancelled. (SOUNDBITE)(ENGLISH) JULIA HELFMAN SAYING: "I was very angry and upset and I started to cry because I just want to see my grandparents and it's the holidays. It was like someone was there. Stress just kept going away everytime I petted her because she was kept on relaxing. I wish I was that relaxed." A moment of relaxation that's badly needed during the holiday season, no matter where it's spent.

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Therapy dogs calm stressed out holiday travelers

Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 00:54