Illinois comfort dog heads to Vegas to provide emotional relief -

Illinois comfort dog heads to Vegas to provide emotional relief

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BELVIDERE, Il ( -- While many were avoiding the Las Vegas strip after the tragic shooting,  one handler and her four-legged friend from Illinois headed straight into the aftermath.

"Dogs like to have a job and I got to tell you I can't imagine her having any other job,” Libby Robertson, a K-9 comfort dog handler with Immanuel Lutheran Church, said of her companion Kye. “She is so good at it."

As a comfort dog, Kye's job is to calm and encourage those affected by traumatic events..

The six-year-old golden retriever just returned from Las Vegas, and Robertson said one woman's story prepared her for just how big of a job the two would have.  

“Her husband called her and said, ‘There's an active shooter. I love you,’ and hung up. And she started to sob when she was telling me this,” Robertson. “It really hit home for me. I realized we had some hard work ahead of us."

Work that may seem trivial to some, but impacted the lives of so many after the Vegas shooting.  

"It lowers their heart rate, it lowers their blood pressure,” Robertson said. “They are able to just be quiet in those moments and just those 10 or 15 minutes gives them an opportunity so that the healing can begin, " she said.  

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