Pull The Kleenex Close Because A Bunch Of Service Dogs Just Visited A Hospital In Las Vegas
The shocking news out of Las Vegas this week — 58 dead and more than 500 wounded from a mass shooting committed by a domestic terrorist — left many Americans reeling.
And even now, several days later, most of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the senseless violence.
But in the aftermath of this tragedy, there have been some heartwarming moments.
Chief among them: This extraordinary Twitter thread from BuzzFeed reporter Jim Dalrymple who was on hand to document the scene when a bevy of service dogs (goldens and labs, natch) visited a nearby triage center at Sunrise Hospital, where some of the victims and first responders were recovering from their physical and emotional wounds.
"A whole bunch of comfort dogs are currently at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas", he wrote on the microblogging platform.
As the original post started to viral out (18,000+ retweets and counting), Dalrymple added more touching snaps.
"Do you want some more pics of these dogs? (Is that a dumb question?)", he asked his 16,000+ followers rhetorically.
Introducing one of these dogs, he noted "This is Cubby, from Colorado (who was winking?)."
"Lois, from Las Vegas, is taking a break at the hospital right now," he continued.
"This is Lois visiting Michael Caster, who was shot at the concert Sunday night." (I'm crying, you're crying, we're ALL crying.)
However briefly, the internet put aside its internecine bickering and rallied around the pups, who all agreed were very good boys and girls.
"THEY ARE WORKING VERY HARD I AM SO PROUD OF THEM," praised this man, driving home his point in a full CAPS LOCK style.
"Jim this is the biggest story you've ever broken," complimented another.
"LOOK AT THAT GOOD BOY READY TO COMFORT 😭😭❤️," sobbed this woman.
One of Jim's coworkers at BuzzFeed was so moved, she set the image as the new lock screen on her mobile device.
People started posting pictures of their dogs and everyone started losing it.
There was even a "comfort cat."
Then the dogs' handlers jumped in to show their gratitude: "Thank you for sharing our story."
As did the hospital itself: "Thank you comfort dogs for brightening everyone’s day! #VegasStrong"
BRB, driving immediately to the store to buy all of the tissues.
If you'd like to help the victims, the Los Angeles Times has the scoop on donating to verified charitable organizations.