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Thu, Jan 10 | By Matt Van Hoven | 587

OMAHA – Westroads Mall employees returned to work just three days after the massacre that killed nine people, including the shooter, and wounded two others. To aid in their transition, two therapy dogs and their handlers who belong to… more ›

Therapy Dogs Help After Neb. Mall Massacre
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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

What a great idea this is--any little bit must help at such a horrible time.

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Lruder
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Lruder
5 years ago

I remember reading about this horrible event. How wonderful the Red Cross was able to provide this. Animals like this can help so much--they are non-threatening to the victims and provide a healing comfort.

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Joelle  T.
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Joelle T.
5 years ago

that's great that they can do anything to help

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HomePro
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HomePro
5 years ago

Good for the Red Cross for thinking of this! Animals make a powerful difference.

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naomi j.
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naomi j.
5 years ago

Another amazing story on therapy dogs. It's one of the greatest things ever.

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Dstrykr
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Dstrykr
5 years ago

It's great that these therapy dogs are on site. Such a sad tragedy.

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

Glad he can help.

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Elineen
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Elineen
6 years ago

Dogs can help us in so many ways. It's truly amazing.

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jan l.
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jan l.
6 years ago

Everyone has their own way of mourning. These therapy dogs are amazing and can do so much for so many.

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

Amazing how helpful animals can be

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SandyReedy
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SandyReedy
6 years ago

This is just another great story that proves the worth of therapy animals. The great thing about our four-legged companions is they just are there, with their big (or small) furry bodies, loving, listening, and not judging. This calm amidst the emotional storm is just what is needed in cases like this.

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Kindra H.
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Kindra H.
6 years ago

Animal therapy is a very powerful tool that I am glad to see being utilized. Animals have an amazing capacity to heal us and seem to know just what to do to make us feel better. My cats always sense when I need them and always make me feel better when I am down.

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

I am glad to hear that animal therapy is helping!! My dog always knows when I am hurting.

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Elaina83
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Elaina83
6 years ago

Never underestimate the power of love an companionship! I have a 5 month old puppy thats crazy to say the least. I bring my other dogs to my grandmothers assisted living home to visit with the residents. They are calm dogs who want nothing more than to cuddle. I never thought about bringing the pup because he is still a bit antsy and nips. One night I had the pup with me to go pick up grandma. As we were walking to her room we encountered Lillian who suffered a sever stroke and is wheelchair bound. She couldnt speak, but her caregiver told me how she just loved dogs and asked if she could hold my puppy, saying it would "make her day". I didnt want to disapoint this sweet woman. My cooper, a true puppy-a wiggler and a nipper ALWAYS goes for the ears. I was SO hesitant to hand cooper over to her because I was afraid he would hurt her accidently...but when i looked in her eyes i couldnt say no. SO I handed him over and crossed my fingers. It was like instinctually he knew she was ill. There she sat in her wheel chair,not very mobile, and my puppy was an ANGEL! I had NEVER seen him act so politely! He was a perfect gentleman and brought her such joy! He was almost as sweet as she was! It brought tears to my eyes, and now I bring all three to hang with the seniors!

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TimDemp30
6 years ago

It goes to show once again how great dogs can be for humans. I'm sure these people very much appreciated having a dog help them thru this ordeal, even if in a small way.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Animal therapy is truly amazing

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

In times of great stress and saddness the healing power of an animal can be nothing short of miraculous.

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Adriana  C.
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Adriana C.
6 years ago

I really love pet therapy. I don't think there's a better way to a person's heart than a wonderful pet. =]

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Dogs are the best listeners, and are not judgemental. They make the best therapists.

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Annemarie S.
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Annemarie S.
6 years ago

I'm glad to see animal therapy is more appreciated.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

Animal therapy is amazing. There are so many ways for the therapy dogs to help. So many traumatic situations they can be used for.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

Dogs can be used for so many things and especially to make us feel better.

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Maoconn
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Maoconn
6 years ago

Dogs are definitely a blessing.

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

these dogs are so amazing and so helpful to humans..

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

what a beautiful dog thanks so much for all the help you do as a therapy dog

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MBBGILL
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MBBGILL
6 years ago

Animal therapy can be a truly amazing thing.

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

these dogs are excellent

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Cheryl L.
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Cheryl L.
6 years ago

Dogs work wonders!!

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

This was a nice idea.

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Always like to hear about animals helping people.

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

this is so sad about the mall. the world is going crazy

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Scarry, scarry, scarry. It's a shame that we must always watch over our shoulders.

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

wonder if there are more like these dogs?

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

these dogs are great. so are the trainers

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

the people who trained the dogs should be commended also

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

dogs are amazing animals

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

I hope these dogs helped with the coping of this terrible tradegy

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

I guess the real heros here are te men and women that train the therapy dogs. That is a 24-7 job.. thanks to all the dog trainers for therapy everywhee.

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

I did not know that these type of therapy dogs were available. This was a good story to tell everyone that these therapy dogs are available

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

What a great thing for the Red Cross to send these therapy dogs into this mall and assist in anyway they could ..

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Jessica H.
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Jessica H.
6 years ago

i have never heard of dogs being used for this kind of therapy, pretty neat though that it helps

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PNOCONN
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PNOCONN
6 years ago

Fantastic!

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

These type of therapies are so helpful in so many different situations. People really respond to the animals. If you have any doubt, just watch the faces of people in a hospital or nursing home when the therapy dogs arrive. Everyone really brightens up right away. It is truly amazing.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

Great animals I hope they could offer some help to these poor people

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Rachel G.
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Rachel G.
6 years ago

I think these canines are amazing and that they were brought in. Not everyone likes to talk about their feelings, or talk to a pastor or therapist. Dogs don't judge, they let you be who you are, listen to you, and love you unconditionally. What a great service.

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stephanie m.
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stephanie m.
6 years ago

WHOSE EYES DO NOT LIGHT UP WHEN THEY SEE A DOG LOOK AT YOU?

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Chels H.
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Chels H.
6 years ago

awww. i agree with the comment below mine

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Cam J.
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Cam J.
6 years ago

Kudos to the therapy dogs. I wish everyone could see that dogs are more than just a punching bag.

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denisa t.
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denisa t.
6 years ago

Dogs have many abilities that people are unaware of. I wish all dogs could live up to their potential.

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Lexina
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Lexina
6 years ago

this is sad to think that things like this happen but at least the dogs helped

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Laura
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Laura
6 years ago

The service these dogs and their handlers provide is honorable. I wish that this was something that was used nationwide. I think dogs can solve a lot of the problems in the world. Just think how much more relaxed people would be if they were in a meeting and petting a dog. Love can conquer the world.

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