Jerling Junior High resource teacher Paula Dzik, along with her student teacher Julie Keller, gave her students a project: research therapy animals. They researched all sorts of animals, from alpacas to llamas to dogs, and were rewarded with a visit from the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs upon completion of the project!
Among the visitors were Luther, Ruthie, Darlin, Samuel and Olympia, all Golden Retrievers trained to provide a calming influence during their visits. The dogs’ handlers provided a short presentation, followed by ample time for the students to interact with the therapy dogs.
The dogs visit schools, nursing homes, hospitals and churches, and have been features in books and on television! Read more about them on their website (www.K9Comfort.org) or on Facebook (/K9Comfort).