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Therapy Dogs Calm Anxious Travelers at Florida Airport

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Posted at 7:51 AM, Feb 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-15 02:59:50-05

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) - A southwest Florida airport is getting some help from a few four-legged friends to help ease travelers' stress.

Punta Gorda Airport kicked off their program Monday. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports it's one of about 20 airports nationwide partnering with therapy dogs.

Fansee, an English cream golden retriever wearing a pink sequin hat and Gunner, a greyhound chocolate lab mix, happily greeted passengers this week. The dogs are trained to comfort people in high-stress situations such as hospitals, courtrooms and nursing homes.

The airport's executive assistant Jennifer Smith says not everyone at the airport is going on a vacation. Some are heading to nerve-wrecking business meetings and some are leaving loved ones behind. She said children may have an especially hard time with what's on the other side of the runway.

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