PORTAGE — The children wanted to talk to Candace, alone.
They were students at a Wisconsin school, where, according to the Rev. Rod Armon, there had been a crisis. He didn’t say what kind of crisis or where it occurred, only that it warranted sending counselors to aid the troubled and traumatized. Armon, pastor for pastoral care at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Portage, is the handler for Candace, a 2½-year-old golden retriever trained as a comfort dog for Lutheran Church Charities. It was just fine with him that the youngsters whispered their concerns into Candace’s floppy ear.
“I don’t know what those children said to Candace,” Armon said.