Therapy dogs bring paw-sitive energy to Doherty High School

COLORADO SPRINGS — Remedy canine Chief and Luna only have a couple of minutes among courses at Doherty Significant University in Colorado Springs to get some attention, but they will take nearly anything they can get. Pupils flock about them in the hallways to pet their heads, rub their bellies, and grab a tiny hug.

“(Chief) is named for my school mascot because I went to the University of Illinois and she’s named for Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter,” explained Sue Keller.

Keller is a gifted useful resource instructor at Doherty Large. She understands her pet dogs can switch issues around for all people in the halls rapid.

“If even for 3 seconds a child comes by and they have a frown on their face and they commence smiling and I deliver them off to their next class and they’re a little little bit happier than they were being right before they interacted with me and the canines and it is 100% well worth it,” stated Keller.

“Luna is the greatest doggy at any time,” explained large faculty sophomore Aolani Gruenzner as she pets the dogs. “Main is so chill all the time. He just lets you pet him, do regardless of what.”

Gruenzner claimed the canines do so substantially to increase her spirits.

“There was this time period in time when I was generally sad when I arrived to college,” she mentioned. “So 4th time period I just go to (Keller’s) classroom in the early morning right before I go to class and I’m like, ‘Hey Main what are you performing?”

Training the canines is a day by day method for Keller and her partner, Brian. It can be a procedure that started off in the Colorado prison system.

“They were being both equally Colorado Cell Dogs,” she explained. “They were strays and they were picked up and probably turned over by the Humane Culture to the prison method. Then they did all of their further coaching residing with an inmate 24-7 and then we adopted them out of that plan.”

“She listens truly perfectly and it appears to be like they’re both equally just truly relaxed canines,” reported university student Sam Griffith.

Griffith claims the canine assist create a constructive natural environment.

“They’re just actually sweet and (Luna) is quite, incredibly spicy,” explained Griffith smiling.

Even although Keller’s purpose is to support many others with her puppies, her husband suggests she receives even much more back.

“Additional pupils converse to my wife mainly because of the pet which will get her out,” mentioned Mr. Keller. “A great deal of academics just chat to their classes and so this gets her out, receives her speaking to everybody additional.”

“It presents me joy to know that by means of my remedy animal that we can convey anyone else joy,” said Mrs. Keller.

Keller’s spouse nominated her to be highlighted in our Positively Colorado segment. Remember if somebody you know is earning a good effect in our local community, we want to hear about it and share their tale. You can ship a information to us at [email protected]


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