CHICAGO (AP) — A group of Golden Retrievers specially trained to provide emotional comfort has been brought from the Chicago area to help people injured in last week's deadly tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb.

It's part of a program run by Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs in Addison, Ill.

WBBM radio reports ( that the dogs arrived last Tuesday and have spent time with children, their parents and even first responders in the city of Moore, Okla.

One 8-year-old recovering from a fractured skull got a visit from one of the dogs during a stop at a hospital.

Courtney Brown said she loves dogs. The feeling appeared to be mutual as a dog named Ruthie snuggled against her.

Brown was among children injured when the tornado hit their elementary school.


Information from: WBBM-AM,