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Therapy Dog Kyah

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Therapy Dog Kyah

Kyah has been spending her time in a school library over the last two years. She recently was certified as an official therapy dog! She and her handler, Michelle, completed a series of tests through Pet Partners. Kyah gives the students at her school a nonjudgmental, unconditionally loving body to read to, talk to, and relax with throughout the school day. Here is a statement from the school Kyah is placed at: 

"Meet Kyah, St. Paul's School's "CALM" dog - canine assisted literacy and math.  Kyah was initially going to be trained to work with children with autism, but developed a physical disability that prevented her from becoming a service dog.  Her new life is as a canine-assisted literacy dog.  Our school children read to Kyah, and she is a good listener.  As research supports, we have seen the same with our children as they read longer and more often with Kyah. Kyah also helps to calm children who have some math or other anxiety."

 

Below are comments from Kyah's handler, Michelle.

"When Kyah was first introduced to met at St. Paul's I instantly fell in love with her and I knew my family would feel the same.

Since Kyah has been placed with us the unconditional love she gives to all of us is indescribable. No matter what kind of day you've had she is always there to bring a little light to your day.

Though she may be very obedient, Kyah has trained us all. Whether it be time to play, time to eat, or time for bed she has a way of telling us what she wants.

"Fall in love with a dog, and in many ways you enter a new orbit, a universe that features not just colors, but new rituals, new rules, a new way of experiencing attachment." - Caroline Knapp. 

With Kyah, we experience it all.

At St. Paul's School  you can see the love that the students have for Kyah. One grandparent told of her granddaughter's best part of her day is when she gets to be with Kyah. All the students know that when they come in to the library that Kyah loves the bean bags they make sure she has one, and then they all gather around her whether it be to read or just simply relax and stroke her soft fur."

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