This Dog Comforts Scared Kids At The Dentist

Now you have no reason to be afraid of the dentist.

This is Lynne Ryan, a Chicago dental assistant, and JoJo, a 6-year-old golden retriever who serves as a comfort dog.

This is Lynne Ryan, a Chicago dental assistant, and JoJo, a 6-year-old golden retriever who serves as a comfort dog.

Lynne Ryan

In her time as a comfort dog, she's also been sent to assist after tornados in Missouri and Illinois, and was brought in to the Sandy Hook schools in Connecticut after the 2012 mass shooting.

As a comfort dog, she's trained to provide support and affection to people in times of distress, and even wears a special vest encouraging people to pet her.

« She's a very loving and sweet dog, » Ryan told BuzzFeed News. « I sometimes call her the 'Queen of the Lean' because she'll just come up to someone and if she likes them she'll just lean on them, as if to say, 'Here I am. You can pet me now.' »

A year ago, Ryan had the idea of bringing JoJo into the clinic where she’s worked for more than 21 years, Pediatric Dentistry of Northbrook, to help calm nervous kids.

A year ago, Ryan had the idea of bringing JoJo into the clinic where she's worked for more than 21 years, Pediatric Dentistry of Northbrook, to help calm nervous kids.

Pediatric Dentistry of Northbrook / Via Facebook: kidsddsnbk

Now, once a month, JoJo comes in and sits with patients who request her. « In the past three months she’s become a big hit, » dental assistant Veronica Renteria told BuzzFeed News. « We now have people who call up and specifically request JoJo. »

Now, once a month, JoJo comes in and sits with patients who request her. "In the past three months she's become a big hit," dental assistant Veronica Renteria told BuzzFeed News. "We now have people who call up and specifically request JoJo."

Pediatric Dentistry of Northbrook / Via Facebook: kidsddsnbk


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