Bacon Bits: The pig on patrol at airport

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Added On December 16, 2016

Travel can be stressful.
 
New York's Albany International Airport uses therapy dogs to help relax travelers.
 
But on Wednesday, the airport officials took that program one step further.
 
Meet Bacon Bits, the therapy pig.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): HELEN CHADDERDON, Director of Albany International Airport's Canine Ambassador Program
"The purpose is to relax people and calm them and de-stress them. It breaks their train of thought, when they're trying to get through the check point or once they get through."
 
She is referring to the Canine Ambassador Program at the airport, but today, Bacon Bits became the first porcine to join the program.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): HELEN CHADDERDON, Director of Albany International Airport's Canine Ambassador Program
"Bacon Bits is a perfect match for the public. He loves people. He wags his tail. He's friendly."
 
Bacon Bits was gifted to Terry Hutchinson when she was recovering from being ill.
 
She likes to say they obviously ran out of flowers, cards, and boxes of candy, but her recovery gift has become a gift for others.
 
Together, the two visit 65 different facilities and nursing homes each year, delivering smiles.
 
When terry met one of the canine ambassadors at a Halloween parade, she reached out to the airport right away.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): HELEN CHADDERDON, Director of Albany International Airport's Canine Ambassador Program
"I thought it was a little... You know... I was like, 'Oh. Oh, okay. You know... but let's look at it."
 
But it only took one interview with the 101 pound charmer and he was in.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): HELEN CHADDERDON, Director of Albany International Airport's Canine Ambassador Program
"I couldn't believe how lovable and friendly he was. He was in my office and wagging his tail, and I thought, 'Oh, my god! This is great. Terry was wonderful. Bacon Bits was wonderful. So, here we are today."
 
And at just 20 months old, this little guy has years to continue to wag that tail, spread that love and prove once and for all that everything is better with bacon.