Dog brings comfort to kids in court


DOING IT.>>KEVIN RADER HAS THAT STORY FROM BLOOMINGTON.>>THIS MAY SEEM LIKE A LITTLE BREAK FROM WORK, BUT IT’S THE OPPOSITE. IT’S A WALK TO WORK. FOR THE LAST TWO AND A HALF YEARS, TIA ARTHUR AND HER GOLDEN RETRIEVER HAVE MADE THIS WALK JUST ABOUT EVERY DAY FROM THE CASA OFFICE TO THE MONROE COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER.>>AS SOON AS HE WALKS INTO THE JUSTICE BUILDING, HE KNOWS WHAT’S GOING TO BE HAPPENING AND HE’S ALREADY LOOKING AT ME TO SEE WHAT I MIGHT ASK HIM TO DO. SO HE GETS A PEP IN HIS STEP WHEN WE COME INTO THE JUSTICE BUILDING.>>HIS JOB IS TO GIVE COMFORT IN THE COURTROOM TO CHILDREN CAUGHT UP IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM.>>HE OFFERS US A TYPE OF COMFORT TO KIDS THAT WE CAN’T OFFER AS ADULTS.>>THAT INCLUDES LITERALLY SITTING AT THEIR FEET AT THE WITNESS STAND.>>IF WE TELL A KID THEY HAVE GOT TO SIT HERE AND ANSWER TOUGH QUESTIONS, THEN WE’RE GOING TO SAY, BUT HERE’S SOMEBODY WHO’S GOING TO HELP YOU WITH THAT AND YOU’RE NOT ALONE. WE’VE GOT SOMEBODY WITH YOU. HE’S PRETTY CUTE. [LAUGHTER]>>HE HAS IT ALL DOWN. THE HUGS. AND HE’LL EVEN GIVE YOU HIS LEASH WHEN IT’S TIME TO LEAVE. THE KIDS’ FAVORITE IS THE OLD CATCH THE CHEERIO ON THE NOSE TRICK. THE KEY IS IT ALL WORKS.>>THEY ARE MORE SETTLED, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S SUCH A, LIKE, TUMULTUOUS TIME IN THAT KID’S LIFE AND TO HAVE THAT DOG THERE TO, LIKE, JUST RELAX THEM AND LET THEM KNOW NOT EVERYTHING

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