Therapy Dog Helps Comfort Survivors After Parkland School Shooting

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This adorable therapy dog normally lives in Austin, Texas, where he helps people work through their grief.

 Meet Kermit!

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Kermit was adopted by Unfred as a personal therapy dog to help her cope with her profession of being a mortician. The dog was in the state Florida with his best friend/owner, Melissa Unfred, when the recent shooting at a high school in Parkland happened, which claimed the lives of 17 people.

After the shooting, Unfred knew that she and Kermit have to visit the community to help in whatever way they could.

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“It just so happened, Kermit and I were in Florida when this tragedy occurred. Friday, we will be visiting in person to care for the caretakers and provide comfort with local therapy dog teams. 😔🐾💓Please hold a moment of reverence for this community in your thoughts, and remember to tell others you love them.”

Wearing his special vest that says, “Therapy dog. Please pet me,” Kermit arrived at a Parkland community center on Friday.

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As soon as he saw the people gathering at the center, Kermit immediately rolled over on the grass so the victims who had survived the tragedy could stroke his belly.

“Others knelt down and took Kermit’s face in their hands, looking right into his eyes — and he happily gazed back at them.”

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“One of the girls that sat down with him had been sobbing. He leaned into her and just leaned into her chest and she put her arms around him and it was just a heartbreaking moment. Thinking about it kind of works me up a little bit. He’s just awesome,” Unfred said

“There’s not a lot you can say when something devastating has happened like that. It really was just about having a moment of calm and a moment of solace.”

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Kermit was in Parkland to help in any way that he possibly could.

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“It’s surreal,” Unfred told The Dodo. “There’s a reverent and solemn feeling in the field. Students have come, along with community members. It’s very somber and reflective.”

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“Kermit has been snuggled on by students and first responders alike, as well as volunteers,” Unfred added. “The emotion in the air is palpable. I’m thankful we took the time to come.”

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