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Why LAX Airport is Building a Team of Therapy Dogs

April 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (2)

No matter how many times you’ve made your way through the airport security shuffle, the whole travel experience Is still a little bit stressful. That’s why we’re pretty excited to hear about Los Angeles International Airport’s plan to bring a little more relaxation to the airport. They’re not doing yoga within the terminal—at least not yet—but they are bringing some furry friends right into the airport.

Therapy dogs are now doing their thing in the boarding areas, near the baggage claim carrousels, and everywhere in between over at LAX. It’s part of a new program aimed to help people relax prior to takeoff or just after landing, and they’re calling it PUPs—Pets Unstressing Passengers.

There’s all kinds of dogs from purebreds to mutts, and they’re ready to be your friend at the airport—complete with vests that state, “pet me!” Right now there’s around 30 dogs doing their thing seven days a week. The puppy pals even come complete with free trading cards—think baseball cards for dogs—which feature some furry facts as well as information about the airport.

Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of the furry friends, as the PUPs promise to only stick to those who are interested.

[Photo: LAX/Facebook]

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"Don't worry if you're not a fan of the furry friends, as the PUPs promise to only stick to those who are interested."

I hate this idea. And, this article contracts your statement. (I'm not citicising Jaunted, as you're just reporting that they said.)

From the Daily Breeze:
http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_23024371/lax-unveils-new-program-using-dogs-relieve-airport

"Kane motioned for a young girl to come close. Wearing a bright yellow top, a blue skirt and tiny brown shoes, the girl - 22-month-old Raewynn Wolf - hid behind her mother. She had been attacked by a pitbull as a baby, and she wanted no part of Jackie.

Kane was undeterred. He turned to Jackie. 'Say hi,' he told the dog. 'Jack, sit.'"

Kane is the dog's owner. Jackie/Jack is a doberman pincher.

Forcing a two-year old to pet a dog that is banned in some states is disgusting.


Read article before posting a negative comment

Below: Is the article, in it's ENTIRETY; RE: The incident at LAX. Wonder why mean-spirited folks have to be negative about a positive in our world today?

Kane motioned for a young girl to come close. Wearing a bright yellow top, a blue skirt and tiny brown shoes, the girl - 22-month-old Raewynn Wolf - hid behind her mother. She had been attacked by a pitbull as a baby, and she wanted no part of Jackie.

Kane was undeterred. He turned to Jackie. "Say hi," he told the dog. "Jack, sit. "

Then he turned to Raewynn. "This is Jackie. She's a sweetheart. "

Raewynn slowly moved toward the dog, and she began to pet Jackie. Afterward, her mom said the experienced helped calm her.

"She was happy to see a friendly dog," said her mom, Keri Wolf, 32, of Bakersfield. "When we got here, she was a little afraid because of all the people. "

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