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West Michigan Therapy Dogs return to Gerald R. Ford International Airport

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Posted at 3:17 PM, Sep 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-08 17:16:47-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Travelers at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport had a couple of special visitors Wednesday.

West Michigan Therapy Dogs had a crew at the airport to help ease the stress for passengers.

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Bear and Tucker both walked the terminals greeting guests.

It’s the group’s second time back in the airport since COVID-19 restrictions kept them away.

Their handlers say petting the animals are a perfect way to destress and dogs really help people calm down.

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“People love dogs. They love babies and they love dogs,” said Shari Duthler, West Michigan Therapy Dogs office coordinator. “It just makes them happy and gives them a break in the day. And it does help their stress level if they're nervous about flying.”

The group is at the airport twice a month and will be back at the end of September.

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