Lisa Robinson and Koi: Brightening the Day for Students

Koi and I really enjoyed meeting with the students and staff at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle.

A therapy dog handler and her lack Lab therapy dog stand next to a school staff member on the school lawn.

This event was scheduled as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. It was held outside, and fortunately raining skies turned to sunshine in time for us to greet students on their lunch breaks.

A high school student pets a black Lab therapy dog while the handler watches and supervises.

The kids were so happy to have some love from the dogs attending the event. They came by in groups of two to seven to pet Koi and give her some attention. Many of them circled back multiple times to get another dose of love.

A group of students interact with a black Lab therapy dog while the handler supervises.

The courtyard was packed with students from the start and stayed that way until the bell rang to indicate break was over. It was evident that they received benefits from all the teams participating in this event. We did, too!

A student kneels to be face to face with a black therapy dog.

This experience is one of our first as a Pet Partners team. Koi behaved well and I was thrilled to be part of a team providing a de-stressing moment for the staff and students.

—submitted by handler Lisa Robinson