They came big and small, both dogs and people to Dulles International Airport in Virginia during a busy travel weekend.The pups in their pet parents are volunteers with a Washington therapy group called People Animals Love (PAL).The friendly-behaved canines are cooking up some passengers' days.
“We had a rough morning here in the airport for about, I don't know, five and six hours this morning with a delay, so this is great.”
This blonde guy is called Labrador.
“It's so big and so gentle and it always draws a crowd.”
“Especially parents are always excited to see the dogs because it struck kids a little.”
Like little Aria whose parents are heading to Germany, her dad's station at military base.
“When you are travelling, it's very stressful and I think that just sitting here and petting a dog so that we can relieve the stress.”
This woman just arrived from England.
“It's a very stressful environment, you're running from gate you know, from one place to another, I think it's quite nice to be able to stop on the way, pet a dog.”
A quick stop to visit the dogs is also helpful to United Airline staff.
“This therapeutic is pleasing.It's a great way to brighten your day.”
Including for some pilots who got a surprise visit at the office.
“It's a boy.
I was really stressed until these dogs showed up like the day that right now.”
“There's nothing better than having a friendly face, four legs flopping around the office.”
This volunteer says she and her pup also helped provide emotional support for a dog lover.
“She had the same kind of dog, a golden doodle, that she lost last month, and she started to cry.
And we sat and we chatted a while about her dog and how much she loved her dog, and I think it was a nice moment.”
So for people who are being anxiety of hectic travel, the friendly warm from a comforting dog make them stop and smile.