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Therapy Dog Helps Victims of Boston Marathon Bombings

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BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The healing process for those directly involved with the bombings at the Boston Marathon will take a long time.

Help comes in many ways.

Meet Bailey, a one and a half-year old Golden Retriever. Baily and Jack Foley of Milton are a team.

They’re part of the BONES organization which stands for Building Opportunities for Nurturing and Emotional Support.

Baily and Jack spent all day Tuesday helping those who needed some comfort.

“A runner experiences his or her own situation but a lot of these EMT’s, fire and police  they saw many of these situations and they’re hurting,” says Foley.

It makes no difference who you are or how much you’re hurting, Bailey is there for everyone.

“He makes no differentiation from a runner to a support person. He just does sense the need of somebody to have a friendly face, a soft touch, something to hug,” says Foley.

And that friendly face, and  soft touch was part of the healing process.

“I have a Golden Retriever at home so it’s been kind of a little bit like home for me to see that,” said Amy Houchens of Oregon.

When Jack Foley retired he looked for a way to help people.

With Bailey he’s hit a home run,”I love children, I love dogs, and I found a way to be able to do both and help people at the same time,  that’s a triple win in my book,” Foley adds.

So as runners head home to all parts of the country they will remember the help they received in Boston from  everyone including a new found four-legged friend.


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