It's kicking off with a Golden Retriever and two rescues.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
February 8, 2019

Next time you find yourself livin' on Tulsa Time (cue Don Williams), the friendly shuffle of a cute canine may be the soundtrack that welcomes you to Sooner State soil.

That's because the Tulsa International Airport has introduced a new therapy dog program, designed to help alleviate travel anxiety for locals and tourists alike.

As KJRH 2's Mycah Hatfield reports, Merlin, Sarah, and Twister are the the three pups currently in the program, which hopes to expand canine coverage to run from 6:00am through 8:00pm daily. The therapy dogs will report for duty in two-hour shifts.

"It’s well proven that it helps passengers relax and unwind," Dustin Meyer with Alliance Therapy Dogs told KJRH 2. "It helps with their anxiety to have a dog close by." Just last year, several other Southern airports launched therapy dog initiatives, including Jacksonville International Aiport, Miami International Airport, and Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans.

Already, a few photos of the adorable dogs have popped up on @FlyTulsa, the airport's official handle on Instagram.

Considering that Tulsa also recently announced they'll pay remote workers $10,000 to move there, we'll tally this as one more reason to move to the Land of the Golden Hurricane.

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