VIDEO: A North Bay woman and her dog travel around the state to bring comfort to first responders on the job.
Smiles abound when Kerith the Golden Retriever makes her rounds. The three-year-old therapy dog visits California Highway Patrol officers like Denton Miniajluk at the Corte Madera station.
“She always brightens everyone’s day,” he said.
For the last two years, Heidi Carman has brought Kerith to police and fire stations, fire basecamps, and other places to help alleviate the stress and trauma first responders experience on the job.
The trauma ranges from a devastating wildfire to a car accident with fatalities.
“If we have a rough day going in, we see her and she’s wagging her tail, coming towards us. It’s always a good feeling. It take a little edge off the day,” Miniajluk said.