This is such a great story. Pets have long been known to aid in healing, lowering blood pressure and stress levels and now highly trained therapy dogs are being sent to aid the troops in Iraq

Black labrador retrievers, Boe and Budge, who have been in training for months, will be stationed with the Army’s combat stress units in the Iraqi towns of Tikrit and Mosul to provide “emotional comfort” to the troops.

My son has had a chocolate lab, Cooper, for almost a year now and I can definitely attest to how that lumbering, shedding, goofy, happy and voraciously hungry mutt helps him and provides him comfort and unconditional love.