As it turns out we’re acquainted with one of the people who’s been interviewed in the coverage of the aftermath of the murders in Connecticut—the gentleman with the “comfort dogs”. We know him through therapy dog work.
As it turns out there’s good science behind the practice. The dogs know who needs them. I suspect they can smell the cortisol and other products of stress. And humans respond to dogs in ways they don’t to other humans. They don’t have to put on a good front for the dogs. The dogs won’t judge them.