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Helping Paws
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West Prairie Elementary students were able to learn more about the life of a therapy animal on Tuesday, September 11.  Daisy, age 7, and sister Rosy, along with handler Laurie Myers joined classroom students in the library.  Mrs. Myers was able to share experiences of raising and training dogs to help others.

Stressed, Encouraging, Nerves, Depression (SEND) were points of emphasis during the presentation.  Daisy and Rosy are often visitors to area nursing homes, hospitals, or assisted living facilities.  Studies have proven that animals can help young children and older adults by their caring nature.  The simple act of stroking an animal can lower a person's blood pressure.

Mrs. Myers also shared that animals have instincts that we should respect.  An example: Uninterrupted time to eat, animals instinctively will protect their food from others; keep everyone safe by respecting uninterrupted meal time.  When a dog is wearing a vest it is working. It is important not to distract the dog, only approach a working dog if the owner extends an invitation.

A special thanks to Mrs. Myers, Daisy, and Rosy for sharing a window into their lives of helping others.

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