Riley, a 9-year-old golden retriever owned by Barb Blasko (next to Riley), greets a youngster waiting to enter court in the Bucks County Courthouse for a hearing, August 1, 2011, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A program has been developed using therapy dogs to calm the nerves of children summoned to court to testify. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)
Riley, a 9-year-old golden retriever owned by Barb Blasko (next to Riley), greets a youngster waiting to enter court in the Bucks County Courthouse for a hearing, August 1, 2011, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A program has been developed using therapy dogs to calm the nerves of children summoned to court to testify. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT) MCT
Riley, a 9-year-old golden retriever owned by Barb Blasko (next to Riley), greets a youngster waiting to enter court in the Bucks County Courthouse for a hearing, August 1, 2011, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A program has been developed using therapy dogs to calm the nerves of children summoned to court to testify. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT) MCT

Dogs help to ease children's trauma of testifying

August 30, 2011 12:00 AM