Comfort Dog Comes to Capitol

Here is something we can all probably get behind, even in a time that is filled with political infighting and issues – comfort dogs. The national’s first Official Police Comfort Dog was welcomed to the United States Capitol this week. He’s a member of the Greenfield, Massachusetts Police Department and is a 160 pound St. Barnard named Clarence.

The dog was actually at the Capitol on official duty with his handler, Lt. William Gordon. They were there to comfort officers saying goodbye to slain Officer Billy Evans. Social media posts flew as people came to get a hug from Clarence and to take a picture with him and two other comfort dogs who were on hand. Rep. Andy Kim, a New Jersey Democrat suggested that, “..we should get one permanently here at the Capitol.”

Clarence’s presence was a much-needed and appreciated distraction from many recent events happening in the area.

Dan Kazan

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