'A great partner': Bucks County Courthouse 'comfort dog' helps ease nerves of crime victims

Jim Melwert
September 08, 2019 - 4:00 am
Daisey, the "comfort dog"

Jim Melwert | KYW Newsradio


NORRISTOWN, Pa (KYW Newsradio) — Bucks County has a new helper in the courthouse to bring comfort to victims of crimes. 

Her name is Daisey, and she’s the new Bucks County Courthouse companion dog. The 2-year-old Yellow Lab she spent the first year of her life in basic obedience training. Then she moved into a program with Canine Partners for Life, where spokeswoman Tonya Guy says they took a look at her temperament and personality. 

“They found Daisey was more social," Guy said, "so instead of just wanting to work for just one person, she wanted to interact with multiple people.”

Her smaller size makes her perfect for a courthouse companion dog. 

“That way they can curl up in somebody’s lap. For children, they’re not as overwhelming if they're a large breed. Even though she’s a lab, she’s a smaller lab,” she explained. “Sometimes, especially with children, they’re more willing to talk with a dog than they are to talk with a person so it really helps them just ease their nerves and get the information out that prosecutors need.”

Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub says Daisey has been easing into the job over the past month and has been great with victims and with his staff.

“She’s just been wonderful to be around and really lowered the tension level for everyone," Weintraub said. "She’s just a great partner to have in our office.”

Daisey declined comment for the story, but she did give some wet, sloppy kisses.