Lt. Col. Steve Peters was completely at ease during a Tuesday interview.
Therapy Dog Bringing Comfort
October 1, 2020
Granted, it didn’t involve tough questions on a controversial topic. But even if it had, it would have been pretty hard to be stressed out with a 35-pound puppy squirming in your lap and playfully nipping at your sleeves.
Peters, the wing chaplain at the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Iowa Air National Guard, hopes that Lincoln, one of the newest recruits on the Sioux City base, can help Air Guard members cope with whatever might cause them stress.
“He’s got all the traits that would suggest to me that he’s going to be successful,” Peters said of the base’s new therapy dog in training. One look at Lincoln’s cute face and you can’t help but feel better.
The 17-week-old English cream golden retriever has been here for just two months, but he’s already made dozens of new friends. Guard members, whether they need emotional support or not, make frequent stops at Peters’ office to play with the happy-go-lucky Lincoln. The interactions, even if brief, can lift a person’s spirits if they’ve got something on his or her mind. “My philosophy is 99 percent of people like dogs and puppies, they just bring a smile to your face,” Peters said.