Seeing the photos and news coverage over the past few weeks of the legions of National Guard troops protecting the nation’s Capitol and our elected officials is a reminder of the good people who stand ready to serve and protect during national disasters, threats and calamities.

On Friday, January 29th, the Hamilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. surprised their 250+ National Guard guests with a visit from a dozen therapy dogs affiliated with DC based nonprofit organization People Animals Love*. The visit was designed as a thank you gesture for the enlisted troops serving around the clock and who have been staying at the hotel since the beginning of the month. The majority of the members are not from the DC area and have been away from their own families and pets for several weeks. The service members clearly responded to the opportunity to interact with the dogs with hugs and pets a…

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