I don't usually have much nice to say about my state government...inbred, high browed, low morals is usually the terms I would use but today I can honestly say.....wo hoot, there is at least one thinking human being in the government sector.
A northern New Mexican district attorney's office has started using a pet therapy dog as a companion for young children to make it easier for the abused kids to relate their stories at interview and then if need be in court. The dog is introduced to the child early in the reporting phase and accompanies the child to any and all occasions where they may have to calmly recount the abuse.
Who would have thought that the milk of human kindness would be dispensed by a lovely young black lab and give courage to the youngest victims of abuse? Yay for the thinking humans in "not my county" but in the northern part of the state. Maybe some of that compassion will rub off on others if this pilot program goes well. I can really see how having a warm, breathing, loving dog next to you would be a boon for a child in a terribly frightening situation.