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Every Tuesday the Williamson county juvenile court hears DCS cases.
"These are the cases where children are often removed from their homes and placed into foster care and so coming to court for them is very traumatic,” said Sharon Guffey, Juvenile Court Judge.
That’s why Guffee asked Williamson County Animal Control to bring in Samson a 1-year-old Great Pyrenees to help comfort the children. Guffee said even a simple gesture like lying down at a child's feet can have a positive impact on a kid's self-esteem.
"There must be something innate in animals that knows you know how to do that, especially with children,” Guffee said.
Guffee said the kids absolutely love Samson. But his owner, Judy Lindberg said the kids help him as much as he helps them.
“He came into [animal control] as a stray,” Lindberg said. “He was held in impound for several weeks."
Lindberg is also a volunteer at animal control. She says no one ever claimed him, and maybe that's why Samson is so good at understanding lost children.
"Maybe they start out as unwanted or that they don’t have the most caring owners or parents,” Lindberg said.
But Samson wasn't unwanted for long and was adopted by Lindberg, who says if he could speak, Samson would probably tell the kids in the courtroom one thing.
“If you keep an open heart then there's somebody out there that will find you and love you,” Lindberg said.
Gufee said she would like to have a resident dog that would be a part of her court every single week.
Tuesday, February 19 2013, 07:02 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The sounds of country music take over the City of Baton Rouge as the Bayou Country Superfest brings some of the genre's biggest names to LSU's Tiger Stadium for a Memorial Day holiday jamfest.
Headlining Saturday are Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Aaron Lewis, the former frontman for rock band Staind. The two-day festival concludes Sunday with performances by Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry.
Festival producer Quint Davis says the talent and free fan fest held before the nightly concerts help to entice attendees. In its fourth year, the festival drew 75,000 people last year.
Visit Baton Rouge executive vice president Renee Areng says Superfest has encouraged people to travel to Baton Rouge on a traditionally sleepy weekend.
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