Panhandle Spirit: Amarillo therapy dog helps in Vegas healing

Amarillo Medical Services' Saydee, a therapy dog, is helping first responders heal after the Las Vegas attack. (photo: Amarillo Medical Services)

Moments after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, first responders arrived to the shocking scene.

During the chaos and confusion they worked to save lives, some of them becoming victims themselves.

The frightening images, the emotional toll they have endured and now they must face recovering from the senseless violence.

In the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo Medical Services', Saydee, a therapy dog is heading to Las Vegas to help them heal.

For a week, Saydee will provide comfort to the crews who responded.

Saydee's handler, Lauren Christie, said Saydee is certified in comfort care. She's trained to provide affection and aide those going through tough times.

“Usually when someone is debriefing about something or talking about something emotional, they’re not able to open up as much as they can with the help of a therapy dog by their side. Saydee helps them to de-stress," Christie said.

Saydee's responded to many calls in the Texas Panhandle, but this will be her first trip to the scene of a major tragedy.

She will work to provide services to those who provided care.

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