Peaches the pit bull happily accepted pats, hugs and even photos with strangers while waiting for her flight to Boston earlier this week.
Peaches is a certified therapy dog. She and her owner Jennifer Bashford accepted a call to go to the city still reeling after deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.
“I know how much they're suffering. I know how traumatic it’s been, so anything we can do is great,” Bashford said. “Sometimes it’s easier for kids to talk to a dog about their emotions instead of a human.”
Bashford and Peaches also spent time with police and investigators who were standing guard at the marathon memorial site.
“FBI detectives and people who have been so stressed out, and just giving them a chance to relax for a second and pet her, and take a break from all this incredibly stressful activity they've been doing -- all the hard work,” Bashford said.
After three busy days, the pair is back in Charlotte, where Peaches will get back to her usual work of visiting local nursing homes.
Peaches is an ideal candidate to take on another assignment in West, Texas, the small town devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion.
“It’s such a rewarding experience to see the joy a dog can bring to a person,” Bashford said.
Bashford adopted Peaches three years ago. She was a rescue dog, who survived abuse, heartworm disease and cancer.
Peaches has been a certified therapy dog for two years.