The K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs were brought in from Chicago to comfort the residents of Newtown over the weekend. The golden retrievers brought smiles and a minor escape from the pain and misery to everybody affected by the tragic shooting last week. The initiative aims to provide a bridge after a difficult event like Friday’s shootings, which left 20 children, seven adults and the gunman dead. “Dogs are nonjudgmental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone,” said Tim Hetzner, the organization’s president. “It creates the atmosphere for people to share.” Hetzner told the Chicago Tribune that some community members who appeared to be struggling with grief preferred to pet the dogs in silence.