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.
Since the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, therapy dogs have been an important part of the recovery process for students and staff.The American Kennel Club describes therapy dogs as dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.
The therapy dogs for MSD were provided by South Florida groups that include Canine Assisted Therapy Inc., Share-A-Pet, Therapy Dogs International and the Humane Society of Broward County."I think it’s just a real nice honor to them," Courtney Trzcinski, executive director of Canine Assisted Therapy in Fort Lauderdale, told the Sun Sentinel. Trzcinski has seven dogs featured in the yearbook.
One of the dogs is a Greyhound Italian-Golden Retriever mix named Emma, who is a rescue pup from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.It’s so wonderful to see that good girl, Emma, has a loving home and volunteering job after Hurricane Maria.
And to honor the amazing service that the therapy dogs have provided, students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas created a yearbook page with portraits of their furry pals.The yearbook photoshoot quickly went viral.
The pictures are all sorts of heart-warming.
The dogs' pictures fill two rows at the top of their own page in the Aerie Yearbook, which is themed “It All Depends."Aerie Yearbook is the official MSD yearbook organization.
The idea to include the dogs came from the school’s yearbook adviser, Sarah Lerner, who is also an English and journalism teacher at MSD.Sun Sentinel.
Lerner decided to tell one of the handlers about her idea and the photoshoot was a go.Buzzfeed.
The dogs have been such an important part in the day-to-day for MSD.“I'll be teaching and in comes a dog and these big 18-year-old adults all the sudden become mushy 5-year-old kids and it's been such a comfort for us," Lerner told Buzzfeed.
The first dog to get their picture taken was River, a Bernese mountain mix who was adopted by the school's media specialist, Diana Heneski.
🐾🐾It’s happening this week. Ray and I get a girl...River, our MSD therapy puppy from Utah Bernedoodles 🧡pls Rt - sh… https://t.co/Wp8WT2bf5g— MammaMedia (@MammaMedia)1531827709.0
Portrait day was in October and the doggy portraits turned out adorable.The pictures are "aw"-inducing, that's for sure.
One of the students tweeted, “including the therapy/service dogs in the yearbook is the best decision we’ve made so far like this one dog had a bowtie and my heart."
Including the therapy/service dogs in the yearbook is the best decision we’ve made so far like this one dog had a b… https://t.co/kfJ94vJu0z— natasha (@natasha)1538620470.0
These behind-the-scenes photos show just how adorable and how good these pups are.
Just a few of the puppies who took pictures today... Grace, Emma & Chief were so happy to be included in the yearbo… https://t.co/5UdODuUggw— Aerie Yearbook (@Aerie Yearbook)1538575714.0
Therapy dog, Chief Osceola, loves his yearbook. Here’s a picture of him with his yearbook for students and staff to sign it.
We love that Chief loves his yearbook! Make sure to find him to sign it. ❤️ https://t.co/JHw0gjtptH— Aerie Yearbook (@Aerie Yearbook)1557837985.0
All of these special good boys and girls have a bond with the MSD students.
These wonderful dogs have been amazing to the MSD students.I am personally so proud to see them honor those that helped them when they were in need.
A few of the dogs even joined the students for prom.
twitter can be toxic sometimes so here’s a break from that. the therapy dogs at my school are going to prom togethe… https://t.co/uF9tMAF6Vo— alexandra✧*ೃ༄ (@alexandra✧*ೃ༄)1556968501.0
The MSD students and staff have been through a lot this past year.Buzzfeed.
The dogs have been there while students and staff had delays with the unfortunate passing of two students by suicide and the anniversary of the massacre.Buzzfeed.
It’s incredible to see how much positivity the therapy dogs have brought to people in need.O, The Oprah Magazine.
The Sun Sentinel tweeted about the MSD yearbook that included the therapy dogs.
Therapy dogs have played a big part in the healing at Marjory Stomeman Douglas High in Parkland this past year, so… https://t.co/e2VPL3NxBb— Scott Travis (@Scott Travis)1557940513.0
I couldn't agree more.
@smtravis @AerieYearbook They should all be valedogtorians.— Theo Wiles (@Theo Wiles)1557948257.0
We seriously should have therapy dogs everywhere.
@smtravis @steveschale @AerieYearbook My stress level went down 100% just looking at this picture 🐶 🐾 ❤️— Raquel Cisneros (@Raquel Cisneros)1557954222.0
It's so adorable.
@smtravis @KaraScannell @AerieYearbook Well, the is the sweetest thing I have seen in a while— RIPbuster (@RIPbuster)1558018419.0
Parents of MSD students are also very grateful and appreciative of the therapy dogs.
@smtravis @AerieYearbook My son is a student at MSD amd survivor and I cannot tell you how many times that he sent… https://t.co/yR6J4xd43i— MikeGlas (@MikeGlas)1558144820.0
I love all of the pictures, but the dog with the bowtie is one of my favorites.
@smtravis @AerieYearbook The bowtie! 😍. @dog_rates @Flyby2181— Kayla Aguinaga (@Kayla Aguinaga)1557951984.0
The dog therapy handlers also had wonderful things to say.
@smtravis @AerieYearbook It has been an honor for me and Daisy to be there to help. We love all the students and faculty at MSD!— Lori Bale (@Lori Bale)1558159310.0
This is a good point.
@smtravis @anylaurie16 @AerieYearbook At first, I thought this was cute. Then the reality of having multiple therap… https://t.co/D2a3kswZrY— 👹🍄🔥MX.KIT🔥🍄👹 (@👹🍄🔥MX.KIT🔥🍄👹)1557970477.0
We all have "heart eyes" for these therapy dogs and the students and staff of MSD.
@smtravis @AerieYearbook What a lovely, lovely gesture... I'm FER SURE not crying...— Howard Ernesto Cabrera (@Howard Ernesto Cabrera)1557954109.0
Students of MSD have been enjoying their yearbooks and are also ecstatic about the photos of their therapy dogs.
i hope all students and staff enjoy the yearbook as we worked really hard on it. i hope the cute doggos making a fe… https://t.co/mnQFi4THUd— natasha (@natasha)1558112113.0