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Therapy Dog Honored In High School Yearbook

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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Kara Foran

Kara is an editor for Care2's Healthy Living. She's happiest when engaging with creative, bright and loving people--whether they are the stranger on the bus or a friend of twenty years. Her passion for people is only matched by her love of animals and a deep interest in whole and raw food benefits. She constantly looks for ways to make her daily lifestyle healthier and more fulfilling--a wonderful and never-ending task.

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4:26AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

nice one

2:54PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Well done! Thank you for sharing.

2:43PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Was Prince happy to have his photo in the Yearbook ?

3:23PM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

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.

1:06PM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

Very nice sentiment, very nice story. Thank you.

1:00PM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

Very nice sentiment, very nice story. Thank you.

12:51PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

great news, thanks for sharing :)

12:06PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

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

4:07PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

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

7:55AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

This is just wonderful! I'm so glad the "adults" didn't get in the way with their "this is not appropriate" mumbo-jumbo!

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