This Affectionate Dog is Bringing So Much Joy To Firefighters Battling California’s Blazes

Meet Kerith, the two-year-old dog who loves trail running, beach exploring, and helping firefighters feel better.

 

 

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This sweet-natured golden retriever has one very important job. As a certified crisis response therapy dog, she’s tasked with helping exhausted firefighters get the kind of comfort only a four-legged friend can provide.

That’s especially important work right now, as hundreds across Marin County work extra long shifts to try and contain the Woodward Fire that’s currently blazing in Northern California.

Keith has her own sweet Instagram account, @kerith_the_golden_retriever.

It’s clear from the fun photos that this fluffy friend brings a lot of joy to others.

 

 

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“Kerith is boosting morale during the crew’s morning briefing,” Heidi Carmen, Kerith’s human caretaker, told CNN. “She brings levity and a sense of playfulness even though they know the task of the day will be challenging.”

 

 

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Trained to be a guide dog, her super excitable nature made her not quite suited to her original task. Kerith went on to become a therapy dog in the emergency ward of a local hospital. But, explains Carmen to CNN, “her favorite people are firefighters.”

 

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“She makes people feel loved, special and important. One firefighter told me ‘Kerith has the uncanny ability to make me feel like I am the most important person in the world.’”

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