Students Connect With Therapy Dog

Victor is one of a growing number of four-legged school staff members. The 7-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, who’s a therapy dog, has been working with school counselor Marcella Holmes at Cumberland Elementary in West Lafayette, Indiana, this year. Any student is welcome to stop by Holmes’ office to cuddle with Victor. “If a child is angry, sad, upset in any way — he’s comforting,” Holmes said. “He’s nonjudgmental. He loves them without any kind of stipulation.” Second grader Owen Beaver said Victor often helps him with his emotions. “He’s helped me with my anger, my frustration,” Beaver said. “Pretty much any feeling, he’s helped me get through it.” — Read it at Indiana’s WLFI


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