The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge takes place tomorrow, (Sunday) and while the race is all about horsepower and speed on Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the emphasis was placed on the power of the paw and more importantly what a comfort dog can do for those who are in need.

Simon Pagenaud was joined by six golden retrievers from the Luther Church Charities K-9 Comfort dog team. These dogs all responded to the shooting at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday 16th April 2021 where they helped to comfort the employees at the facility.

The LCC K-9 comfort dogs team is not limited to Indiana, they work across the nation and are available 24 hours a day and have responded to other events such as the Sandy Hook school shooting. Speaking during the press conference, the President of Lutheran Church Charities, Tim Hetzner spoke about the work that they do and told the story of how a young boy witnessed the events at Sandy Hook, had not spoken for four days following the tragedy and when Tim and his dog arrived the little boy got on the floor and hugged the dog.

Tim said the boy’s parents were nervous but that when they saw the instant bond between the boy and the dog they left him alone and Tim explained that within minutes the boy had told the dog everything that he had witnessed during the horrific day.

Simon Pagenaud, who is the 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner and a dog lover has Norman, his Jack Russell who is famous within IndyCar was on hand to present the ministry with a cheque for $5,000 to help care for the dogs.

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