Remember a few weeks ago how I had some (very surprisingly) positive news to report about the government? Well this week, I am pleased to report two positive pieces of government related news! The first, completely un-pet related is that all five ballot measures were approved in NYC at last week's elections. Yay! Ok, but since this is a pet blog, I won't dwell too much on non-animal related topics but instead move on to the next piece of news.
So, most of us here are pet lovers, right? And I think it's safe to say we all find a tremendous amount of comfort when we hang with our pets, right? And we all know about the positive long term impacts of having a pet (if you don't, check out this blog I wrote a few weeks ago). So, it should come as no surprise that in a recent decision from Cook's County, an emotional support dog was added to their roster of employees to help comfort child sexual assault victims.
Hatty, a 2-year old black lab is intended to offer snuggles, wet kisses and pretty much whatever else these poor kids might need to get through traumatic times and difficult conversations.
According to sexual assault victim witness specialist Stephanie Coelho, "the dog will be in interviews with children, even sitting at their feet on the witness stand for support, or snuggling them during a difficult time....(She's) comfort for these kids to feel safe, and know they're in a safe space, and know that Hatty's keeping them safe".
Let's be real—everyone could use a bit of puppy love. So Bravo, Cook's county.
Til' next time,