May 26, 2010 11:15 AM by Stephanie Collins
Hercules, a four year old lab-boxer mix, works as a grief counselor at Roselawn Cemetary in Pueblo.
He works from eight to five every day and his work includes providing comfort to those that have lost someone, "he'll go into a room with them and our counselors and funeral directors and sit and just sort of be available to them," explains executive director Sherri Baca.
Hercules takes his cues from body language and only approaches when he thinks someone needs him. When it's not busy, he heads outside for a walk or hangs out at the front counter. Roselawn employees say an unofficial part of his job is to help them get through their day, "It's not easy doing what we do everyday, some days are harder than others and you know, he brings us to a calming point and we can get through our day a lot easier," says office coordinator Melissa Dall.
Hercules was actually trained by inmates, through a canine training program at the women's correctional facility in Canon City.