BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FOR OUR BOONE BEAR FAMILY . . .
On Monday, October 2 we will have two new staff members join us at Boone Elementary School their names are Andy and Meeko. They will look a bit different from the rest of our staff because they are four-legged . . . a therapy dog and therapy guinea pig!
I’m so excited to introduce Andy and Meeko to Boone. Andy is a Corgi mix dog that loves to play and has a big heart for children. Meeko is about 1 ½ years old, and adores time with others and eating his vegetables. Beginning September 18-29, I will give an orientation to all grade levels during their guidance lessons about having therapy animals at school. We will cover:
· General expectations
· How to pet Andy and Meeko
· When to approach them, which includes good times to say hello and goodbye
· Learning canine and guinea pig body language and communication
· Difference between therapy and service animals
They are both registered therapy animals through Pet Partners, which requires extensive medical and behavioral evaluations. I am also a graduate of Texas State’s Animal Assisted Academy which included over 120 hours of training. I’ve include both site’s links for further information.
Please contact me with concerns regarding food and pet allergies. Part of my protocol is to give Andy and Meeko regular baths, and to wipe Andy down with an anti-dander spray every day he comes to work.