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School Comfort Dog 'Retires,' Gets His Photo In The Yearbook With The Seniors
Yahoo News ^ | Thu, Jun 6, 2013 | Elise Solé

Posted on 06/08/2013 12:48:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway

One very furry high school graduate was honored this week with a yearbook photo of his own.

Prince “the therapy dog,” bred by Lutheran Church Charities is a 9-year-old golden retriever who works in the guidance office at Portage High School in Indiana. He's retiring and as a parting gift, he had a professional photo taken and published alongside the class of 2013.

(Excerpt) Read more at shine.yahoo.com ...


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1 posted on 06/08/2013 12:48:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping


2 posted on 06/08/2013 12:48:31 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Some of the girls on that page are real dogs.


3 posted on 06/08/2013 12:56:55 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: nickcarraway
High Schools need “Therapy Dogs” now!

We are becoming a nation of wimps.

And I don’t mean Weakly Interactive Massive Particles.

4 posted on 06/08/2013 12:56:57 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: nickcarraway

I can just see some of the “signatures” on the girl’s Yearbooks that share that page.

“Hey - did you pay them to put him on there so you wouldn’t be the only dog on the page?”

“Oh man - I thought that was YOU in the middle! JK - BF4Ever!”


5 posted on 06/08/2013 12:58:36 AM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: nickcarraway

best looking one of the bunch! (just curious, not that it matters, what was his GPA?)


6 posted on 06/08/2013 1:06:28 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: nickcarraway

Hey, After the Ritalin wears off , they need a therapy dog....


7 posted on 06/08/2013 1:06:39 AM PDT by JZoback
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To: nickcarraway

That’s cute.


8 posted on 06/08/2013 1:20:49 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: mountn man

What a crappy thing to say to young people. Screw you.


9 posted on 06/08/2013 1:25:25 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: nickcarraway

A COMFORT dog?? At a SCHOOL??? We are SOOOOOO over.


10 posted on 06/08/2013 2:13:14 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: mountn man

Re: Your tagline - you obviously get NO pleasure from life.


11 posted on 06/08/2013 2:40:59 AM PDT by conservaterian (Time for a CONSERVATIVE party, but no, if we do that the libs will win !)
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To: nickcarraway
If I'd only had a "therapy dog" in High School, I wouldn't have all these therapy bills now!
12 posted on 06/08/2013 3:24:50 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: antceecee

I could not agree more. I am not PC, but would these Cretins be willing to say these things if the students were standing face to face with them?

Many of the lewd and crude comments I see anymore simply are juvenile and have no place on Free Republic.
They are not funny!

Go ahead and flame me if you want to, but you know I am right.

BTW this does not refer to comments about Obummer.


13 posted on 06/08/2013 3:43:34 AM PDT by arjay
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To: Ann Archy

A COMFORT dog?? At a SCHOOL??? We are SOOOOOO over.


Hey! Michele Obama did away with all of their comfort food at the cafeteria so it has been replaced with a comfort dog.

Who knows? The next thing to come might be a “COMFORT STATION!”


14 posted on 06/08/2013 3:52:13 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: nickcarraway

I can see the yearbook scrawls from his classmates: “Stay Lassie, dawg.”

Or: “Don’t ever get mange.”

No doubt there’s the old saw about dropping a dead rat on the new teacher’s desk every morning to curry favor as the new teacher’s pet.


15 posted on 06/08/2013 4:02:50 AM PDT by Dysart ( Democracy is the road to socialism-- Karl Marx)
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To: nickcarraway
He’d have been called a mascot two generations ago. Despite the lefty psychobabble associated with him, I’m glad to see they held him in high regard. He may have been the only unconditional love some of those kids ever experienced.

Happy retirement, Prince. May you have many days of leisure filled with love returned in kind.

16 posted on 06/08/2013 4:11:42 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: mountn man

I think thats a good looking bunch of kids and I like the fact they added the dogs pic. Lets see your highschool pic or your kids.


17 posted on 06/08/2013 4:53:32 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: nickcarraway

How wonderful :-)


18 posted on 06/08/2013 5:31:51 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: SueRae
How wonderful :-)

I agree...it's a nice touch..

What concerns me is the door is now open to "make" by legal action high school yearbooks deal with all sorts of issues like putting Mr. Fido, Mr. Kitty Cat, Mr. Gerbil, Mr. Lizard, Mr. Parrot...in the yearbook...

After all they are part of the family and with said animal I would have dropped out of school...my dog helped me make straight A's and deserve to be pictured with me...blah, blah...

I love my dog and probably take a bullet for her, but she is after all...a dog...

19 posted on 06/08/2013 6:10:01 AM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: antceecee

20 posted on 06/08/2013 6:19:46 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: nickcarraway

The world is a lot different now than even a generation ago.

My next to youngest son graduated last year from HS. In his Junior year there was one suicide and one drug related death; in his senior year, another suicide. Counselors were brought in. My son had two classes, his senior year, with the boy who committed suicide (he was an acquaintance). None the less profoundly hard for all to deal with. One grief counselor actually attended the boy’s schedule WITH A a canine companion (my guess to make the kids feel less threatened by a mental health professional). The dog was a method of easing the classes into addressing what the occurred. I thought then, and now, that it was a good idea.

None of us know what may have happened in that community (a rash of drug deaths, suicides, a car accident that killed a group of students) that precipitated Prince coming on staff.

Now to the rude and juvenile comments about the kids appearance...how ugly for some to judge the appearance of another and publicly pronounce them ugly...and then wonder why young people succumb to bullying via drugs or suicide? Maybe those kids received more “unconditional love” from Prince than they found in their own hyper judgmental world?

And for the record, dozens of years before “bullying” became a buzzword, i lost a cousin to suicide because she had been tormented for a port wine stain on her face....I wish they mental health counselors were used back then. Maybe she would not have felt so hopeless.


21 posted on 06/08/2013 6:46:10 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (G-d be with and keep safe the Benghazi Whistleblowers)
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22 posted on 06/08/2013 7:11:52 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: arjay

I agree with you—well put.

what is the big deal if a doggie gets to hang around school?
I’m sure these kids don’t all have perfect lives so having a dog there may help them.

Moreover, I bet it cuts down on acting out.

AND it teaches kindness to animals.


23 posted on 06/08/2013 7:19:51 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Articulate and wise comment.

Don’t you know though..everyone here is SOOOO tough and strong and they were that way since age 2(ha).


24 posted on 06/08/2013 7:22:42 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m surprised there wasn’t some kid with allergies that caused the dog to be tossed out.

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/ex-worker-sues-city-over-service-dog-for-paprika-allergy


25 posted on 06/08/2013 7:25:08 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: 21twelve

That’s what would have been written in our, (my) day...not today.


26 posted on 06/08/2013 7:32:23 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks, this is cute. The kids look so normal and sweet, not spikey hairdos, tattooed faces, nose rings, sulky expressions on their faces. Anyone wanting to call anyone a name based on a photo, please submit your driver license photo for public voting. The dog may be a therapy dog rather than a mascot because of special training it had, rather than just pc preferences. There is no place, no situation which is not made better by the presence of a golden retriever.


27 posted on 06/08/2013 8:04:14 AM PDT by Anima Mundi (Envy is just passive, lazy greed.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

“... to the rude and juvenile comments about the kids appearance...”

Your words speak volumes, PaMom. Some see these kids as less than attractive but MOST see these kids as we do.. that is, young, beautiful, and their entire lives ahead of them. I pick up my son every day from high school. I see black, white, asian, hispanic, tall, short, thin, heavy, short hair, long hair, preppy clothes, wild clothes etc... I see a group of young people.. full of life with so much ahead of them. In a way, I pity them.. their country is not what ours was when we were that age. Sometimes you learn a lot about someone from what they say and what they consider important. Hugs, Mom


28 posted on 06/08/2013 8:21:38 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Cuttnhorse

Hmm - true. My kids are getting their yearbooks soon..... (And I didn’t want to show mine to MY mom!)


29 posted on 06/08/2013 12:11:59 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

When our kids were young they would go to an evening at the school: “Reading with Rover”. Someone with a trained dog would read to the young kids, and older kids would read their books all snuggled up with the dogs. Probably 15 dogs scattered throughout the school and you would get 10 minutes with each of them and then switch.

It was just a fun thing for our kids, but for kids that didn’t like to, or difficult to read, it really motivated them.


30 posted on 06/08/2013 12:18:23 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: nickcarraway
This is not a high school. It only has grades K-9.

(thank you very much)

31 posted on 06/08/2013 1:06:20 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Anima Mundi

We got a 3 legged golden from rescue who went on to pass the assistance dog test and did some reading programs like you described. We spent a bunch of money for water treadmill therapy where he re-learned to walk quite well.

He was an inspirational old guy, unfortunately he just keeled over dead one day, and still miss him.


32 posted on 06/08/2013 1:14:51 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: mountn man; 21twelve; faithhopecharity

All of you that I’ve pinged....please, please show us your picture so that we can judge how you look! I think that all 3 of you are nothing short of cruel and bullies!


33 posted on 06/08/2013 5:06:03 PM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: Ken H

:-)

Nicely done.


34 posted on 06/08/2013 7:57:26 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: nickcarraway; Shimmer1

Thanks for posting this, nick!

Pinging Shimmer!


35 posted on 06/08/2013 8:04:00 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

My post was referring to what other kids would say when signing the yearbooks. The others were joking around too. And the kids all look pretty normal if you ask me. But I suppose in 30 years they’ll be looking at their photos and laughing “Man - can you believe we dressed like that!? And look and my hair!!!”


36 posted on 06/08/2013 11:14:14 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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