Natalia Baca, one of the Las Vegas shooting victims, had a hospital visitor that she will never forget.
Nicodemus, or Nico, a golden retriever from Seward, Nebraska, jumped onto her bed, much to her delight.
“It was really cool, ’cause I like dogs,” said Baca, 17, of Las Vegas. “When they had to go, he didn’t want to leave.”
Nico is one of five Nebraska dogs in the Illinois-based Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog program, which has more than 100 golden retrievers in 23 states trained to be stroked, loved, cried upon and held.
About 20 of the dogs from around the nation went to Las Vegas after the Oct. 1 shootings that killed 59 people and injured hundreds.
The comfort dogs aren’t trained to look for bodies or search for anything other than the pats and hugs of those they encounter. And they get plenty of those.
Nico and other comfort dogs in the program …
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