“I am a teacher and I work with some kids that have emotional difficulties.
I see how helpful the dogs are in stressful situations and how stabilizing and reassuring they can be.
Some of the kids have service dogs, which provide a venue for affection and the opportunity to care for another being without judgement or conditions.
I have found that my dogs play a similar tole in my life.
For me, what’s most joyous is accepting responsibility for them.
They give me the chance to give them the care and love they innately deserve.
That means consistency and being a presence in their life on a daily basis.
They give the chance to be a better person.”