Therapy dogs help relieve student anxiety

The Counseling and College Readiness Department partnered with Canines for Christ of Greater Cincinnati to bring in two therapy dogs to help students de-stress during exam week.  Diana Dawson and Jennifer Mayhall, representatives of the organization, were in the library during both lunches on Dec 18 with therapy dogs Dobby and Mozzie.

Canines for Christ of Greater Cincinnati was founded in 2012 by Bill and Pam Fox and is an affiliate of the national organization which originated in 2007.  According to Mayhall, Canines for Christ brings their comforting services to high schools, the Ronald McDonald House, hospices, and other local sites.

This was the first time McNicholas has brought in therapy dogs for students. Sophomore Aimee Gauger said, “I cried when I held the dog… I was so happy!”

Counselor Matthew Wehrman said, “This was a good idea.  We might actually try to do it quarterly.”

Senior Ellie Fullerton added, “That was the best thing ever!  I love dogs!”

On Dec. 18, McNicholas’ Counseling and College Readiness Department welcomed Canines for Christ in the library during lunches to help students de-stress during exam week. According to Mayhall, one of the therapy dogs, Dobby, who is two and a half years old, was “pulled out of death row” from a Kentucky shelter.

 


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