Therapy Dog Honored In High School Yearbook

Prince the Therapy Dog

Prince worked as comfort dog at an Indiana high school for four years–right up until his 2013 retirement. As the school’s beloved therapy dog, Prince calmed down stressed out students and offered priceless comfort during times of need. When the student yearbook staff at Portage High School decided to give Prince his own spot in the yearbook, they didn’t expect such a positive school-wide reaction. Yearbook contributors thought the students would at least appreciate Prince’s yearbook presence, that is, if anyone noticed. When the yearbook made its end-of-the-year debut, the entire school was pleasantly shocked. Prince even got to “walk” on graduation day with the 2013 senior class. If you want to see more of Prince, check out his Facebook!

The Role of Comfort Dogs in America

Over the years, comfort dogs have become a crucial component to the aftermath of tragedy. These supportive pups do their admirable work in senior living centers, hospitals and schools. Recently, they’ve taken their compassion a step further.

After the infamous school shooting in Newton, Connecticut, it was comfort dogs that consoled frightened elementary school children. One child refused to even speak to her mother after the shooting. When she interacted with a therapy dog, she finally started talking again. Another child divulged details of the shooting to his canine companion–details, the parents said, he would not even share with family.

The same therapy dogs that arrived in Newton were brought in after the Boston shooting, as well. Look out for these heroic animals as we will surely depend on comfort dogs for empathy time and time again.

Photo Credit: Portage High School Publications

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104 comments

Kelly lund
Kelly lund2 years ago

Love his picture, he seems so satisfied haha.

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper3 years ago

nice one

Aileen P.
Aileen P3 years ago

Well done! Thank you for sharing.

Sylvie Bertrand
Sylvie Bertrand3 years ago

Was Prince happy to have his photo in the Yearbook ?

Helga Ganguly
Helga Ganguly3 years ago

Every dog is a therapy dog to someone at least sometime.Animals know who's in need and what they need. Sometimes sitting and stroking a dog is enough.

Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

Very nice sentiment, very nice story. Thank you.

Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

Very nice sentiment, very nice story. Thank you.

Carrie-Anne Brown

great news, thanks for sharing :)

Martina J.
Martina J3 years ago

What a great way to thank these comfort dogs. Well done!

KAROLY MOLINARI
KAROLY MOLINARI3 years ago

Greattt that´s really awesome should do it in more Schools and Hospitals!!!!!!!!