Kid’s afraid to tell his traumatic story, but watch when the dog gets down beside him

Companions for Courage is a program created to help kids who have experienced trauma feel calm enough to tell their stories with the help of a dog, and it’s truly amazing. One of the therapy dogs is Karl. He was born deaf but knows sign language, and he’s a tremendous support to the kids.

“Think about how a child must feel. They have to face the person who has hurt them, they have to sit in front of a bunch of strangers and tell a really painful story, and most of the time they’re not even with their family while they’re testifying,” said Joanne Rittenhouse, one of the dog handlers. “All the dogs make everyone calm; they have a good presence,” she continued.