Golden Retriever Fighting Dog Days at Miami Airport

Trained therapy dog bringing stress relief to MIA

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    Golden Retriever Fighting Dog Days at Miami Airport (Published Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012)

    Fliers in need a little stress reliever at Miami International Airport are finding relaxation now comes in the shape of a golden retriever.

    3-year-old Casey is a trained therapy dog and twice a week she'll be walking through the concourses of MIA making new friends.

    Her owner, airport volunteer Liz Miller, said she asked herself one day "why aren’t we putting Casey and me on the concourse and touching people in a positive way?”

    Airport directors obliged, and after a few practice runs, Miller took Casey on a walk through Concourse E for her official Valentine’s Day debut Tuesday.

    On her way to St. Thomas, Cindy Pickering first thought Casey was a service dog.

    "I wanted to rub her but I didn’t know if I was allowed,” said Pickering. "This is more welcoming coming to Miami than I anticipated."

    Casey also took petting from a 15-month-old Lithuanian boy and shared a few licks with a four-month-old girl.

    "Say hi," Dallas native Ben Winski told his infant daughter Avia, as he held her up for a sloppy greeting.

    Casey’s greeting schedule is Mondays and Thursdays, and paws into social media in her free time. Miller is working on Casey’s Facebook and Twitter pages.