Comfort Dogs Relieve Stress Of Those Traveling Through O'Hare Airport

Rob Hart
December 21, 2018 - 2:26 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- O'Hare airport will be a busy place this weekend.

While large crowds are expected  Friday morning and afternoon, AAA said Saturday and Sunday will be the busiest days at O'Hare and Midway.

Holiday travel can be stressful, and one organization is helping out.  United Airlines teamed up with Lutheran Church Charities to allow comfort dogs into Terminal 1 at O'Hare.  The five golden retrievers are in the concourse, available to any flyer who needs to destress.

"I had a lady come up to us last year who had servere anxiety while flying.  She really didn't want to leave us.  She didn't even want to get on the plane. She wanted to stay with Tobias (the comfort dog) and hug on him.  I think it's an opportunity for people to relax before they make their final travel destination," said Jenni Hoffmeyer of Lutheran Church Charities.  She's the owner of a golden retriever named Tobias.

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The dogs worked two shifts on Friday.  Five dogs worked from 9 a.m. to noon.  Five more dogs were available in Terminal 1 between 2-5 p.m.