The explosions in Boston on Monday jangled nerves and created some flight arrival and departure issues at Logan International Airport. What worried fliers may need to calm themselves is a golden kiss -- a golden retriever kiss, that is.
Therapy dogs will be spreading the love at boarding gates, baggage claim and ticketing areas at Los Angeles International Airport to put fliers at ease with a cuddle and wag of the tail. It's part of a new program called PUPs, Pets Unstressing Passengers.
"Being able to see a dog makes everybody feel good and takes their stress level down," said Heidi Huebner, director of airport volunteers who oversees PUPs. Mixed mutts, Dobermans, bijon frises and other types of dogs wearing red "Pet Me!" vests will visit all airport terminals.
Pets are mood enhancers, according to WebMD's pets website. Interact with a dog and it suppresses a stress-making hormone called cortisol and lowers your blood pressure too. And that's exactly the point, Huebner said.