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Does CHS need a therapy dog?

Destiny Berryman, 10

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A therapy dog and a service dog are two completely different things. A therapy dog is a trained canine who’s is to comfort and support humans through their emotions. A service dog is a trained canine who is working 24/7, to help with one specific individual person’s disabilities.

Students who went to Circle Towanda Elementary anytime between 2010-2017 had a school therapy dog, Miss Parker. Parker helped many students at Circle High School become who they are today. She positively impacted a lot of lives. Sadly she passed February 3, 2017. Lee LaMunyon, the counselor at Circle Towanda Primary and Elementary school, was her owner.

Here at Circle High School, many students agree that a school therapy dog would be very convenient.

“Sure, why not? I like dogs,” said Cody Requena, grade 9.

“Do you know how better our school would be? We should definitely get a dog,” said Taylor Sims, grade 10.

Many staff members, such as Ryan Tarletsky, journalism teacher, Andrew Jamison, 9th and 10th-grade counselor, and Matt Hogoboom, technology person, have thought about getting their dog certified. In fact, Hogoboom is in the process of getting his dog certified. Jamison has been looking at getting his dog certified for over a year now.

“I’ve spoken with Mr. LaMunyon and he told me where to go to get my dog certified,” said Jamison.

Even though Circle High School has a drug dog, Thunder, Circle still does not have a therapy dog. His job is to search for drugs, all over Butler County, so his time spent at Circle is not extensive. Thunder is a very hard working canine. He is not like most dogs, but he still does not fit the description specifically as a service dog.

“He’s okay with being around three to four people at a time, but he doesn’t like crowds,” said Officer Scott Duryea, Thunders owner, and police partner. Thunder also likes to be petted for about five minutes, then he doesn’t want anything to do with being touched, when on and off the job. Therefore, Circle would need a dog who could be here the majority of the time for any student who would need him/her. They would also need to be comfortable with crowds, being petted, cuddled, cried on, and kissed by any student. They would have to be well trained and they would have to know their manners, such as sit, stay, come here, and wait. Majority of the students at Circle High School hope that sometime soon, there will be a therapy dog a Circle High School.

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