Darrington students went back to school Tuesday for the first time since the slide. And there to help with what's happened in their community were some very special dogs.

A group of crisis response dogs spent the day helping to calm nerves. The dogs' handlers say even a moment of joy can be a powerful thing for kids dealing with intense stress.

It's for the students, the staff. It brings just a relief because when you pet a dog it lowers blood pressure, it just helps you focus on something else, said Chris Monroe, Disaster Services.

Pongo, a black lab, is a nationally certified crisis response dog. His friends that joined him are therapy and comfort dogs from an organization called Dogs on Call.

Another 15 to 20 canine teams are on standby in case their comfort services are also needed.

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