Bark to School and Canine Counselors

By Thursday, September 5, 2013
Zeke and I teach kids about compassion for animals at Seminole Elementary in Florida.

Zeke and I teach kids about compassion for animals at Seminole Elementary in Florida.

With Labor Day behind us, most school age children are officially back in the classroom. It’s not unusual for kids to have the “back to school blues”, but some students will be excited to meet with their school counselors to help them with their schedules and work through their woes—especially if their counselor is covered in fur and walks on four legs!

Canine counselors are not just wandering the halls or hanging out on the playground at recess. Often, these therapy dogs provide special needs students with unconditional love or a sense of purpose and responsibility for the dog’s care. Therapy dogs might be used in math (weigh the dog and convert his weight from pounds to grams) or reading aloud (dogs don’t care whether you get the words exactly right!).

Last week I posted an article about comforting canines to BISSELL’s pet community! Be sure to read it in its entirety, and when finished, check out BISSELL’s dedication to homeless pets – through the BISSELL Pet Foundation.

Additionally, here’s a shout out to the LCC K9 Comfort Dogs who responded almost immediately to the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut last December.

The Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) K9 Comfort Dogs deserve more than our heart-felt thanks for helping students, teenagers, parents, teachers and members of the community to discuss their fear and grief with each other and these quiet companions. For more on these amazing animals, click here.