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Therapy Dogs Help Students De-stress

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Therapy Dogs Help Students De-stress

Lacey, a 10-year-old therapy dog, looks at a treat.

Lacey, a 10-year-old therapy dog, looks at a treat.

Ishika Samant

Lacey, a 10-year-old therapy dog, looks at a treat.

Ishika Samant

Ishika Samant

Lacey, a 10-year-old therapy dog, looks at a treat.

By Audrey Lemen, Index Manager

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On Wednesday, Feb. 13 during both lunches, Coach Melissa Talley, in cooperation with Therapy Pet Pals, decided to bring some “puppy love” to school before Valentine’s Day for a Paw-ty on the Patio. Students were ecstatic to see the dogs and give them some attention during the holiday.

“We were thinking of the theme of ‘puppy love,’ and some of the posters we put up around the school, it’s to make you feel better,” Coach Talley said. “Sometimes people don’t have a Valentine, and it’s a sad holiday for them.”

Students lined up along the patio to pet the dogs and receive quick stress relief during their school day. Between classes, students stopped by to see the dogs and pet them if they had time. Students adored the dogs and petted them while studying.

“Although the line was long, it was definitely worth the wait because the second I approached one of the dogs, I instantly felt so much better. This week has felt so long and the class I had prior of meeting the dogs left me in a bad mood, but being with the dogs made me forget about my worries for a few minutes,” Haereen Lee ‘20 said.

About the Contributors
Audrey Lemen, Index Manager
Hello! This is my second year on press and my first year as manger of our Snapchat (add us @whsstudentpress!). In press, I am interested in writing more sports stories and taking pictures as well. Outside of press, I am a host and spend time with friends as well, always getting some type of food :)
Katie Chung, Video Editor
I am a senior pursuing a dream in film. I love capturing news and stories through moving pictures. When I’m not caught up in the storm of college applications and portfolios, I love discovering creators on YouTube and watching movies of all kinds. My latest obsession are the Mission Impossible series and figuring out how Tom Cruise’s stunts are filmed in real life. I am also an avid learner of the languages of the world and wish to someday become a polyglot.
Ishika Samant, Photo Editor
I am a sophomore on Westwood Student Press. In the organization I found that I spend my time mostly taking sports photos. Outside the press organization I volunteer at the Austin Animal Center and foster puppies for different animal shelters.
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