Posted: May 17, 2013 5:15 PM by Keli Moore
Updated: May 20, 2013 11:00 AM
Over the last few weeks, many have shown support for the victims of the attack at the Boston Marathon.
A local man offered a unique form of support.
Daniel Sievert drove thousands of miles from San Luis Obispo to Boston with his two golden retrievers.
For many years he has been taking his dogs to hospitals to help people battling diseases and during their last days of life, but the morning he turned on the TV and saw news coverage of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, he knew he had do something.
"This is Jake. Jake is 7. This is Emerson. Emerson is 4," said Daniel Sievert, therapy dog owner.
A few years ago, Sievert trained his dogs to give back.
"When a dog like this, who is gentle, comes along side it is an opportunity to have another soul next to them to give comfort," he said.
Daniel knows what it's like to hurt. Thirty-nine years ago he was in a burn accident and almost lost his life.
"I had 12,000 volts of electricity blown through me. The electricity after it went through me knocked out the power in the entire neighborhood," said Daniel.
His recovery was long, but he gained hope through the support of family friends and his dogs.
The mission in Boston was to restore hope.
"Our nicknames on the trip were Hope and Love and our mission was to bring joy to the city. When we arrived in Boston, there was still a lot of chaos and we were on the streets mostly," he said.
The three walked the streets and would stop and give support where ever needed.
"As soon as they would encounter the dogs, it would be a wave of joy," said Daniel. "This was the longest journey I've ever taken, but also the most rewarding."
Daniel, Jake and Emerson are ready to get back to work. A trip to Texas could be their next stop.
According to several reports, therapy dogs can provide more than comfort. They can help lower blood pressure, decrease respiratory rate and decrease stress hormones.
Daniel was able to make the trip cross country with the help of donations from his church.
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