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Keep Summer the Dog at GHS

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Over the past few days, students at Guilford High School have been comforted by many therapy dogs, notably Summer. The GHS administration has been amazing in implementing resources for students to use, and these animals are no exception. Summer is a yellow lab that belongs to GHS employee Mr. Meyers, and her presence has been noted and appreciated. While we work to move past this tragedy, we request Summer's continued presence at the high school as a reminder for all of us to keep our spirits up & give us comfort when we need it most.

Yet Summer's effects on the student body goes far beyond the cute factor- the simple act of petting a dog is shown to reduce blood pressure. Lower levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, and an increase in oxytocin are also associated with pet therapy and contribute to respiratory and cardiovascular health. In short, reducing feelings of anxiety and depression positively affects physical health.

In trying times like these, every ounce of help we can get to heal is essential. The continued presence of a therapy dog such as Summer will undoubtedly help us on this journey, emotionally and physically.

Furthermore, a volunteer group called K9 First Responders also assisted as a member of the crisis team. Their dogs were equally appreciated, and if you felt helped by their work, please consider donating to this wonderful cause-

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