Look at this Dog. Feel Better? Well, That's Her JobPosted: Updated:
Emergency responders see it all, and it can take a toll on their spirits. So one north country ambulance squad has recruited a new member to the team.
She's a golden doodle named Zora. And she works at the Lewis County Rescue Squad. The crew got her through a group called "K-9 Caring Angels" out of Virginia.
EMT Brandon Roggie says, “She's mellow when she's supposed to be mellow and if she's up for playing and you're up for playing, there's always fetch."
Zora is a registered therapy dog. Her job is to put a smile on the faces of the other squad members, who put in a lot of hours responding to calls where anything can happen.
“We see people at their best, we see people at their worst on almost a daily basis," says paramedic captain Josh Genter.
You don't need a study to notice Zora's soothing effects. That said, there is science behind it, which indicates dogs can help lower people's blood pressure and heart rate. On top of that, Zora's been trained to calm people down.
That way she's there when an emergency is happening, and there to greet the EMTs when they return from a call.
"It's kind of like a second home for a lot of us, so it's nice to have Zora around to make everybody's day a little bit better,” Genter says.