For the past year, therapy dogs have provided Parkland’s students and the faculty of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School love, comfort, and support. And this year, the students are showing their appreciation by including the therapy dogs in their yearbook.
The yearbook theme is “It All Depends” and after all of the glossy pages of students and memories of their year, there is a page with individual portraits of each of the fourteen therapy dogs listed just like the students. The good boys and girls are a mix of Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Golden Doodles and at least one Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix. They come from different South Florida groups including Canine Assisted Therapy Inc., Share-A-Pet, Therapy Dogs International and the Humane Society of Broward County.
Therapy dogs were brought to MSD High School to help teens and staff cope with the aftermath of the mass shooting that took the lives of seventeen people on campus on February 14 last year. The therapy dogs have been an integral part of the recovery process for Parkland in class, between classes, in the courtyard outside the cafeteria, and even during extra-curricular activities. News of the photoshoot and yearbook quickly went viral as students spoke about admiration for their therapy dogs on social media.