Therapy Dogs for the Parkland Shooting Survivors have made history by becoming the first therapy animals to be featured in a school yearbook. These furry friends have provided comfort and support to the students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida since the tragic shooting that occurred on February 14th, 2018.
Brief bio of the Parkland, Florida shooting
On February 14th, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The shooter, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire on students and staff with an AR-15 rifle, killing 17 people and injuring 17 others.
In the aftermath of the shooting, many survivors experienced anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In order to help the students, cope with their trauma, Parkland officials decided to bring in therapy dogs.
In addition to their yearbook photo, the dogs have their own page in the yearbook. This is a pretty amazing accomplishment and just goes to show how much these dogs have helped the Parkland community heal.
What do the Parkland Therapy dogs do daily?
The Parkland Therapy Dogs visit the school every day to provide support and comfort to the students and staff. These furry friends are a big part of the healing process for many people who were affected by the shooting.
How did they get their own yearbook page?
The Parkland Therapy Dogs got their own yearbook page thanks to the efforts of one student, Olivia Bertsch. Olivia was a sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and she was also a therapy dog handler. When she heard that the school was going to have a yearbook, she knew that she wanted to make sure the therapy dogs were included.
So, she reached out to the yearbook staff and asked if they would be willing to include the dogs. And, they said yes! So, thanks to Olivia’s efforts, the Parkland Therapy Dogs have their own page in the school yearbook.
What does this mean for therapy dogs?
This is a pretty big deal for therapy dogs. It shows that they are not only valuable in crisis situations, but also in everyday life. These furry friends provide comfort and support to people of all ages and can be a big part of the healing process.
Is there training the therapy dogs go through?
Yes, the Parkland Therapy Dogs go through special training to help them deal with crisis situations. This training helps them to remain calm in stressful situations and to be a source of comfort for those who need it.
Do therapy dogs have a national organization?
Yes, therapy dogs have their own national organization called Therapy Dogs International. This organization provides support and resources for therapy dog teams around the country.
If you are interested in learning more about therapy dogs, or if you would like to become a therapy dog handler, you can visit the Therapy Dogs International website.
Therapy dogs are a pretty amazing addition to any community and we are so glad that they are part of the Parkland community. We hope that their yearbook page will inspire other schools to include therapy dogs in their yearbooks as well.
It’s possible that other schools will follow suit and include therapy dogs in their yearbooks. This would be a great way to show support for the students and staff who have been affected by tragedies. It would also be a way to raise awareness about the important role that therapy dogs play in our lives.
While therapy dogs are not a new concept, they have gained popularity in recent years as an increasingly accepted form of therapy. Studies have shown that spending time with animals can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Therapy dogs are often used in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools to provide comfort and companionship to patients and students.
The Parkland community is lucky to have such a wonderful program in place. The therapy dogs have undoubtedly made a positive impact on the lives of those affected by the shooting. It just goes to show that sometimes the best medicine is furry and four-legged.