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Boston Dogs NewtownLuther and Ruthie all packed to go.

Good dogs!

Therapy dogs that comforted the suffering in Newtown were on their way to do the same in Boston Tuesday night.

A handful of golden retrievers and their handlers dispatched by Lutheran Church Charities in Chicago are scheduled to visit hospitals, schools and anywhere else the four-legged pals can help, Pastor Ingo Dutzmann of Boston’s First Lutheran Church told The Huffington Post on Tuesday.

First Lutheran Church, located just four blocks from the marathon finish where two bombs killed four and injured scores on Monday, is hosting the animals and will shuttle them to the sites.

“Animals have an uncanny ability … to discern that you and I have sadness and distress,” Dutzmann said. “Rather than shying away from it, they’re attracted to it. They will literally go in a classroom of children and literally find the child most afraid of something.”

The dogs from the Lutheran Church Charities’ K-9 Comfort Ministry will also participate in services at the church, the pastor added.

Two of the pooches, Addy and Maggie, were arriving directly from Newtown, Conn., site of the Sandy Hook shooting in December. Luther, Ruthie and Isiah were accompanied from Chicago by Tim Hetzner, the president of Lutheran Church Charities.

All five dogs had worked in Newtown to aid the grieving and frightened, Hetzner confirmed. They even had attended President Barack Obama’s speech at an interfaith memorial.

“They just help people as they process all the emotions they go through in any type of crisis,” Hetzner said to HuffPost.

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via Good News on Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/16/newtown-dogs-boston_n_3093840.html

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A stranger paid for Canadian couple Karel and Tom Nordstrom’s wedding in 1958. Now, in the wake of Tom’s death last month, Karel is launching an international search for their kind-hearted benefactor.

The Nordstroms, then twenty-something college students, married at a courthouse in Birmingham, England and had dinner with a few friends afterwards, the Birmingham Mail reported Wednesday. But when they asked for the check, the restaurant staff told them a man who wished to remain anonymous had already paid the bill.

That kind gesture had a profound impact on the Nordstroms — Karel said over the next 50 years, they always tried to give back to their community, and described the stranger’s act of kindness as “the start of how we think in this family.” They often told the story of their wedding to their children.

“Each time he told the story, my father ended up with a tear in his eye,” said the couple’s daughter, Juli.

“For many years, we would wonder, ‘Why would someone do that?’ We would go through various scenarios … and there really isn’t an answer,” Karel told Canadian newspaper The Province Thursday. “We’d certainly like to thank them but also just to say how a small gesture can change a person’s life.”

Anyone with information is asked to email mike.lockley@trinitymirror.com

Earlier this month, another couple got their dream wedding thanks to the kindness of strangers — when the groom-to-be became terminally ill, he and his fiance posted a video on YouTube asking for help paying for their wedding, and received thousands of dollars in donations.

Click through the slideshow below to see HuffPost readers’ own random acts of kindness.

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via Good News on Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/16/wedding-gift_n_3094024.html


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