Paws for a cause: therapy dogs at OPRF

In an effort to help students de-stress before finals, OPRF’s Healthy Youth Peer Educators (HYPE) brought emotional support dogs to the OPRF April 22.

Students took turns petting Chief, a three-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever owned by Katie Trame, and Nakame, a two year old akita owned by Heather Pontious. Both dogs have been trained to be emotional support or therapy dogs.

The dogs were available during fourth, fifth, and sixth period. Students were brought in groups of 12, six students to each dog, and were allowed to spend time with the dogs for around four minutes.