Charlotte dog needed therapy for many in Boston

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Charlotte dog needed therapy for many in Boston

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 8:10 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Peaches the Pit Bull may seem look like an unlikely therapy dog, but she and her owner are just back from Boston where they worked with people still reeling from the bombings there.

Like most dogs, Peaches loves a good belly rub. She and brother Finley vie for attention at home in Charlotte, but Peaches got a lot of love this past weekend on a special "working" trip to Boston.

“Everywhere we went, we were just greeted with big smiles,” Jennifer Bashford said.

“There was a police woman, we walked up to her and she started to cry. She sat there with Peaches for a long time and just petted her.”

Peaches the Wonder Pit, once slated to be euthanized because she was part of an animal cruelty case in Georgia, is now a certified therapy dog.

Bashford said, “When you live with a dog you forget what an impact they can have on someone who is stressed out, and they're working so hard and just taking a minute to relax and just pet a dog.”

Peaches and mom Jennifer spent time at the memorial at the Boston Marathon finish line, hung out with some Boston Police officers and visited some area school kids.

“These students, they would just sit there and they would talk about because a lot of them had been on lockdown in Watertown. They just talked about what they'd gone through and how stressful it was and how terrified they were, and they just sat with her half an hour at a time just petting her.”

A grateful police officer went out of his way to show his appreciation.

“Went into the store and chased us down as we were leaving to give us a thank you for coming.”

Man’s best friend coming through at the worst of times.

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