Therapy Dogs Doing Their Part Helping First Responders Battling Wildfires


Staff member Francis Marrero greets Marley, a Great Dane, at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. New dog recruits are helping to expand the nursing home’s pet therapy program, giving residents and staff physical comfort while human visitors are still restricted because of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro welcomes Heidi Carman, the executive director of First Responder Therapy Dogs to explain how their canines have brought moments of peace to firefighters attempting to manage the Caldor Fire near Lake Tahoe. Also, the Notre Dame football coach tries to retell a joke and fails miserably.

Based out of Marin, the nonprofit organization brings certified therapy dogs to visit first responders including firefighters, police officers, and dispatch. Carman explains the dogs bring a moment of relaxation and normalcy to the first responders during times of high pressure and provide comfort when they are far from home.

Have you ever been around a therapy dog? Did they help?

Listen to the full conversation below.

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