Pet the stress away: Airports get wise to the benefits of dog therapy for passengers with canine caregivers

Wouldn’t it be nice to have some dog therapy in our schools?

National Post | Life

LOS ANGELES — There’s a new breed of airport dog. They aren’t looking for drugs or bombs — they are looking for people who need a buddy, a belly to rub or a paw to shake.

“His job is to be touched,” volunteer Kyra Hubis said about Henry James, her five-year-old golden retriever that works a few hours a week at the San Jose airport.

“I am just standing there with him. They are talking to him. If I need to answer for him, I do. But I am at the end of his leash, he’s not at the end of mine.”

Mineta San Jose International Airport is widely credited with introducing the first airport therapy dog in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, when flights were grounded, passengers were stranded and reaching friends and relatives in the East was nearly impossible. Passengers were anxious and afraid.

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