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Lulu the Funeral Home Therapy Dog Treats Heartbreak With Happiness

"She made it easier.""It put a smile on my face... it took the pressure off.""For the grandchildren, Lulu made it feel just like another normal day."


These are just a few of the compliments that clients of Ballard-Durand Funeral and Cremation Services have offered about Lulu, the therapy dog who offers comfort and smiles during the funeral home's ceremonies.

Matthew Fiorillo, the owner of the funeral home and dad to Lulu, first had the idea of introducing a therapy dog while stressed at the airport. On a day when his and many other flights were being delayed and cancelled, Matthew noticed a calm pass over the room when a woman with a dog walked by the frustrated crowd.

"At that moment, I said, wow that's really powerful," Matthew recalls. "As stressed and as frustrated as I was, the dog snapped me right out of it."

So Matthew enrolled Lulu in therapy dog training, and the goldendoodle was soon certified! As you can see in the HooplaHa Original video above, Lulu is incredibly sweet and comforting, and has surely helped many people through some of the toughest moments of their lives with her unconditional love.

This video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot/edited by Yura Makarov. To see more stories of amazing animals, visit our YouTube channel!

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