SPOKANE, Wash. - No matter what someone may be going through, it's hard not to smile when greeted by a furry friend.
That's why one local organization is using a special tool, in hopes that it will have a positive impact on those who may be going through a rough time.
There are 130 comfort dogs with Lutheran Church Charities, but Marie is the first one to arrive in the Inland Northwest.
"We spent about two years raising money and getting ready to bring Marie to Spokane," said Julie Blyckert with Lutheran Church Charities.
There's a reason why dogs are called mans best friend, but Marie's title extends far beyond it. She's Washington state's very first comfort dog.
"We just thought this would be a great fit for Spokane and Spokane Valley," said Blyckert.
Her mission is simple, but important nonetheless.
"We can take her to nursing homes and to hospitals. She's going to come to Cup of Cool Water and just love on those people," said Blyckert.
It's not about fancy tricks, it's simply about spreading love to those who need it most.
"We'll be going to some of the schools where the kids just have a hard time adjusting to what's going on in their own lives," said Blyckert.
Marie's commissioning date is August 18, but she's already going to start heading into the community next week.
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