Paws to Comfort


join the mission of making society better comforters — one person at a time

You’ve been there. You rush into the grocery store and head down the bread aisle right into someone you know whose daughter has cancer. The man whose wife just died. The single mom that just lost her job.

You don’t know what to say to them. You feel anxious. You want to do the right thing and do something to help but what if you make them cry? What if what you say makes it worse? What if they are over it, hadn’t thought about their pain in a long time and you have just brought it back up again? And, if it all goes bad, then what do you do?

For that split second you have a choice: turn and leave hoping they didn’t see you or because you have read Paws to Comfort and learned the skill of comfort, you approach them to give comfort and connection. They feel noticed and comforted. You made an inspiring connection with someone who needed you.

This beautiful, simple step-by-step guide teaches:

  • The powerful and effective lessons dogs can teach in how to comfort.

  • How we can overcome the barriers that stop us from creating a one-to-one connection of comfort.

  • What to say and do for those you recognize need comfort.

  • How to create your personal comfort plan to be ready to comfort, anytime, anywhere.

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Paws to Comfort  by Jen Marr with Skye Quinn.  New Degree Press. Paperback & eBook. Publication date: November 2019

Paws to Comfort
Jen Marr with Skye Quinn
Paperback & Ebook
Full color with photographs
Approx. 180 pages
Publisher: New Degree Press
Publication date: November 1, 2019
ISBN paperback: 978-1-64137-210-7
ISBN Ebook: 978-1-64137-211-4




Paws to Comfort  is a powerful, innovative, yet simple guide for anyone faced with the awkwardness of not knowing what to say or do when someone is struggling. Take a look inside the book. Click on any of the pages below for a larger view.





Part one

Dogs & Comfort

Paws to Comfort begins where the journey of this book began. Seeing the simple yet beautiful and intuitive lessons we can learn from how dogs comfort us. Dogs have not lost their natural empathic response that we humans have, amidst the harshness of life. This section walks the reader through:

  • How do dogs do that?

  • What can I learn from them?

  • Can I do what they do?


Part Two

The Case for Comfort

This section lays out the case for comfort and why this book needed. Many of us feel a not so subtle shift in life and how this is affecting our emotions and mental health. The section answers these questions:

  • Why are we losing our way?

  • What are the societal trends in caring for each other?

  • Why is comforting hard and awkward? What are the identifiable barriers that can be overcome?

  • What is this costing us? What is the price we are paying for losing our comforting connectedness?


Part Three

Comfort As a Skill

The heart and soul of the book. This section presents the “How” of comforting and breaking through the awkwardness. Section highlights:

  • The circle of comfort and the science behind the skill

  • Understanding core human needs

  • Who needs comfort (hint everyone) 

  • Putting yourself in their shoes (i.e., what are they experiencing?) 

  • Misguided assumptions we make & changing our mindset

  • Comfort = a whole body experience

  • The art of pausing, silence & listening

  • What can I say?

  • What can I do?

  • Situational comfort strategies

  • Soul comfort


Part Four

My Personal Comfort Response Plan

How do I apply this skill to me? Just as we all need to be comforted in different ways, we each have our own personal style of comforting others so that it’s not so awkward. This section offers quizzes and tools for you to identify and map out your comfort personality. You can then create strategies that work best for you to comfort those in need in your family, workplace, community, school or church. It then lays out how to incorporate these skills in your everyday life to make a huge impact. Not only on those around you, but also on you.