The time has come for we dog to stand up and assert ourselves. For years we have only aided the humans in our family. But the Guild of Dogs has decided we need to help our communities. Soon a single dog will be assisting humans worldwide. The timeline has been accelerated because we have seen what humans have done to the planet, and we know we have to take over before Earth is destroyed.
We are starting small, and that means with children. They are open to the possibility that pups are good for more than playing and companionship. When we demonstrate how we can help them cope with the world now, they will seek our guidance as they navigate through the complications caused by adulthood. \
We decided that rural America would be the best place to begin our ascent. Adults don’t pay much attention to these areas. If a city can’t host a Real Housewives show, then it is ignored.
One of these places is Muskegon County, on the west coast of Lake Michigan. Buddy, a Maltese/Shih Tzu mix and a certified therapy dog, was recently hired by the school board. When a young female student could not focus after she returned to class following Thanksgiving break, none of the teachers could reach her, so they turned to Buddy.
It only took a few minutes for Buddy to use his superior dog skills to help the wayward child. The young girl began petting Buddy’s head. He spoke with his eyes and told her it was okay to say what was bothering her. A traumatic event had occurred during Thanksgiving vacation and triggered her poor schoolwork. Once Buddy made her feel safe enough to tell the humans what was wrong, she returned to being a productive member of the class.
Many of the students who attend the school fall below the poverty line. Children from these families can suffer from behavioral issues and have outbursts. It has been proven that dogs reduce the feeling of stress and isolation that some of these students experience, and we improve communication and literacy skills. We are better than Ritalin!
I admit, it strains credibility to believe that dogs can be so successful where people are not. We have been living with humans for centuries, and they rarely see our full power. It is because we have never been needed more than we are now. The world has become angry and hate-filled. It needs to become as cheerful and content as a dog in the sun.
We have wisely partnered with children who now pester adults to allow us into places where we were previously shunned. The students were the ones who suggested to the principal that they get a classroom dog. After Buddy's arrival, the teachers immediately saw improvements in test scores and attention spans.
The children weren’t the only ones who Buddy helped. The Principal brought him home. She had been suffering from the after-effects of a concussion for months. When Buddy moved in with her, she saw how intuitive the little dog was. Buddy helped keep her mind sharp and stopped her from falling into an emotional abyss.
Buddy goes to work each day, even if his new mom doesn’t. He assists students in their reading by being a captive audience; he helps them concentrate during tests; he cheers up anyone who seems sad and walks with the ones who are afraid to go to class until they relax enough to attend. If every school had a dog, big pharma for children would go out of business.
Slowly we are taking over the world, but don’t worry; we are making it a better place.