Education Therapy Making History A Dog Gets Her Own Yearbook Photo


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Students and staff at Goshen Middle School eagerly put on their nicest outfits and perfected their grins for photo day. Meg, the facility dog, was going to become the first dog to have a picture in the school’s yearbook, and she was feeling very excited about her image.

The moment she struck a pose, the photo was taken. It was evident that Meg had nailed it when the yearbook finally arrived.

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As a facility dog, Meg is specially trained to provide physical, social and emotional assistance to people in schools, nursing homes, courthouses and other communities. Meg, who completed her training at Circle Tail, became Goshen Middle School’s first facility dog almost two years ago.

When Meg isn’t at school, she lives with Kelly DeNu, Goshen’s seventh grade math teacher, who sees firsthand the impact Meg has on the students.

“Meg can calm students down when they are upset, she can make anyone smile in the hallway who sees her, [and] she can provide a student or staff member with a quick reset that might be exactly what they need in that moment,” DeNu told The Dodo. “Kids today need a little extra care and a little extra support — and we have found that resource in Meg!”

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Meg’s employment occasionally requires her to calm down a tense environment; her upbeat, reassuring attitude has made her successful in the position.

DeNu said that she was “actually smiling all the time, incredibly cheerful, super curious, and highly talented and taught.” “She has the finest personality ever!”

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When Meg isn’t busy at school, she enjoys taking walks, practicing her tricks, snuggling with her cat siblings and going on runs around town with her mom.

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DeNu is continuously in amazement of Meg’s capacity to create a calmer, happier, and more productive environment at the school.

“I never thought that having Meg would have such a wonderful effect not just on myself, but also on every student and every other staff member!” stated DeNu.

And it doesn’t seem like work at all to Meg since she looks forward to seeing her favorite pupils and instructors every day.


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