Weary and tired firefighters working the Chimney Fire in northern San Luis Obispo County are getting a boost from some caring canines.

The Santa Lucia Open Dog Obedience Group, or SLODOG, has been welcoming firefighters with licensed therapy dogs at the Chimney Fire Incident Command Post at the Event Center and Fairgrounds in Paso Robles.

Firefighters Central Coasd News spoke with say the dogs are a pleasant and welcome surprise.

"Absolutely, I'm a dog owner myself", says Santa Fe Springs Fire Department firefighter Joseph Walls in between one of his 24-hour shifts on the fire lines, "dogs are always a healing distraction, you know."

SLODOG Team Members say the dogs are making a difference.

"One guy said this just made my day, they've really been receptive to the dogs", says SLODOG Team Member Claudia Hayner who comes with her dog Hunter, "as long as they like to see the dogs we'll keep coming with them."

The purpose of the SLODOG Caring Canines program, according to the organization's website, is to bring trained therapy dog teams directly to individuals residing in local care facilities, participate with Reading 2 Rover programs, and College Outreach programs in San Luis Obispo County.

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