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Comfort dogs greet MHS students, staff


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The 907 students who attended classes Monday at Mattoon High School may have found themselves being greeted by a pack of furry friends, complete with cold, wet noses and a mission to provide comfort to all the new friends they met.

On duty to befriend MHS students and staff included Ruthie, Sheba, Dinah and Esther, of Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

Students near the entrance of the school petted one of the dogs who was stretched out on the concrete. The dog seemed to be reveling in all the attention.

The dogs and their handlers travel to churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events and disaster response situations. “Each dog brings a calming influence and allows people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them,” according to the individual photo and informational business cards available for each dog.

The cards include each dog’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and their e-mails.

Students used chalk to write Inspirational messages of hope and support on the pavement near the entrance of the school.

Photos courtesy of Ashley Wiberg, yearbook adviser, MHS Riddle and Larry Lilly, school superintendent. .

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