Skip to comments.School Comfort Dog 'Retires,' Gets His Photo In The Yearbook With The Seniors
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.
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Some of the girls on that page are real dogs.
We are becoming a nation of wimps.
And I dont mean Weakly Interactive Massive Particles.
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!”
best looking one of the bunch! (just curious, not that it matters, what was his GPA?)
Hey, After the Ritalin wears off , they need a therapy dog....
What a crappy thing to say to young people. Screw you.
A COMFORT dog?? At a SCHOOL??? We are SOOOOOO over.
Re: Your tagline - you obviously get NO pleasure from life.
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.
A COMFORT dog?? At a SCHOOL??? We are SOOOOOO over.
Who knows? The next thing to come might be a “COMFORT STATION!”
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.
Happy retirement, Prince. May you have many days of leisure filled with love returned in kind.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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).
I’m surprised there wasn’t some kid with allergies that caused the dog to be tossed out.
That’s what would have been written in our, (my) day...not today.
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.
“... 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
Hmm - true. My kids are getting their yearbooks soon..... (And I didn’t want to show mine to MY mom!)
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.
(thank you very much)
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.
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!
Thanks for posting this, nick!
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!!!”
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