Air travel is definitely not getting any less stressful — let's just keep it real. But a well-timed cuddle, belly rub, or nuzzle from an airport therapy animal can make all the difference to soothing jangled nerves. Whether it's a dog, horse, or pig (yes, really), the animals are all certified to be friendly and ready to love on you. Here's who to find by name and location:
LiLou the pig — San Francisco
WAG Brigade has brought therapy dogs to San Francisco International Airport since 2013, but LiLou, a two-year-old spotted Juliana pig, has pretty much stolen the show ever since she started making rotations at SFO in December. She's got a great wardrobe and is often dressed for a current occasion, such as when she recently donned John Lennon glasses to mark the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in SF. She's got a permasmile, loves hugs and has made famous friends like renowned animal activist and scientist Jane Goodall (pictured up top).
Teddy the mini horse — Cincinnati
One of the new sweethearts of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is Teddy, a dashing blue-eyed mini horse that Seven Oaks Therapy Horses considers to be one of its sweetest family members. Some of his sisters have even turned into therapy unicorns on the farm back in Hamilton, Ohio. (Maybe Lisa Vanderpump could loan her pair to do the same at the Los Angeles International Airport?)
Cali the pit bull — Los Angeles
Pit bulls can provoke anxiety in some people, but Cali's sweet demeanor and hot pink toes disarm visitors at LAX with charm. A proud member of PUP (Pets Unstressing Passengers), she's got a thing for beef jerky and will turn six next month.
Gus and Bailey the Bernese Mountain Dog cousins — Oklahoma City
Bernese Mountain Dog cousins Gus and Bailey are known as the Berner Brigade at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City, and they're admittedly hard to tell apart. They love berries and yogurt, but they really adore people.
Sherman the maltipoo — Allentown
Zeus the Great Pyrenees— Dallas/Ft. Worth
Seven-year-old Great Pyrenees Zeus just landed at the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, but he's already an experienced therapy dog. Just looking at that smile right now is good to immediately lower the blood pressure, and we'd imagine he'll do wonders for fearful travelers who actually get to touch this mighty love creature.
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