LOUISVILLE, Ky. - We know flying the friendly skies isn't always easy. “Traveling is not necessarily the least stressful thing folks can go through," says Natalie Ciresi Chaudoin with the Louisville Regional Airport Authority.
Any experienced traveler will tell you making it to the airport on time, traversing security and finding your terminal can leave passengers disoriented and exhausted. At Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport there is a new amenity helping calm nerves. “It really lightens up their face, they smile real big, Chaudoin adds. Passengers will notice therapy dogs romping around the terminals two to three times a week thanks to the volunteer organization, "WAGS!"
WAGS! stands for, "Wonderful Animals Giving Support," and has provided animal assisted therapy the Louisville area since 1999. “People smile when they see the dogs. You can see as they walk by they are smiling. And they especially smile because I put my dog in a stroller,” Janie Dobbins tells Spectrum News 1. Pooches of all sizes will be visiting SDF and each is a certified therapy dog having received 25 hours of training in the field. “We’ve had great reactions people just break out into a big smile when they see the dogs, " Dobbins tells our Jonathon Gregg.