17 Dogs Who Made It In The Year Book

They should be included too, since they’re always asked tough questions in class like “Who’s a good boy?” [via thechive]

     

           

31 responses to 17 Dogs Who Made It In The Year Book

  1. Lotta last names in common…

    Dogs adopted into human families and sent to school alongside their surrogate siblings? Or the other way around?

  2. Super cute but I really think the therapy dog thing is taken wayyy too far. I mean an alert dog for celiacs disease…what…if animals are going to start to be treated like people lets up the ante on laws persecuting people that abuse/neglect. Also all these animals need to meet guidelines that say they are fully vaccinated tested and cleared for parasites (internal and external) and have been cleared for aggression tests .. because i watch those random dogs that aren’t really service dogs… they are pets that someone emotionally got attached to too much and they just want to take their pet everywhere while it shits roundworms in the produce department is not cool… there needs to be a system not just some random vest bought off of amazon… service dogs are fine but come on people just put your damn shoes on an go live life… it’s really not as hard as everyone wants to pretend it is… MOST DOGS ARE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOGS.. we get them because they make us happy and feel better…. so does my vibrator but you don’t see me using it in the grocery store either

    1. Hey. Hey. Chill. You know those dogs they keep in funeral homes? Same concept. Some people aren’t emotionally stable enough for what society thinks they should be able to do. Besides that, people don’t just *buy* service dogs. They have to go through rigorous training to be service animals. For some people, life isn’t as easy as “put your damn shoes on an go live life”. Some people need a service animal, because guess what? They’re DISABLED. Service animals are for DISABLED PEOPLE. Some people are EMOTIONALLY DISABLED.

      1. How did such people survive before society got flooded with all these support iguanas and the like?

        Also, I’m waiting for An Adult weigh in.

        1. I have seen a support duck in the kid basket of someones cart at a walmart… the girl didn’t look too emotionally disabled as she ate up the attention from everyone

          1. Some people have good days, the support animals are for the bad days.

            And I’d bet a lot of money the duck was better behaved than a lot of human customers in that store.

        2. You have no idea what illnesses people may have or whether or not an animal is actually trained and/or certified, so your two cents is irrelevant and worthless. I’m also sure these schools do their due diligence in making sure service pets are trained and vaccinated. As long as they aren’t hurting you or invading your space, maybe you should just mind your own f***ing business?

          Oh, and to answer your question about how these people survived before: quite often they didn’t! But sure, go with that line of reasoning. And the next time you see a diabetic giving themself insulin or an amputee with an artificial leg, be sure to butt your big nose in and let them know you think their treatment goes too far. Don’t forget to shame them by bringing up the fact that diabetics and amputees survived before advances in modern medicine, even if their quality of life was severely diminished or they died early. I’m sure they’ll appreciate your expert opinion.

        3. An Adult here. I worked at and managed an emergency animal clinic for around five years, and I can confidently attest that service animals are a huge boon to anyone dealing with disability, illness, or depression. We kept a service rabbit on standby for anyone who was dealing with the loss of an animal. As a human, there’s only so much I can do to comfort you when a much-loved canine or feline member of your family dies. And since we’re talking about an emergency clinic here, most of the animal deaths I saw were violent and painful. That rabbit probably saved more lives than I’ll ever know.

          But yeah, I’ve seen some people trying to pass off their animal as a “service animal” to try to get into stores and airports and what have you, and those people are shit-heads. That doesn’t mean the legitimacy of trained and certified service animals should be called into question. They serve a very important purpose, and they save lives every day.

    2. With kids I give more leeway. I have an adult friend with Celiac who is well-controlled and no issues in years who got a gluten sniffing dog because according to her she 1) wanted a dog and 2) enjoyed the extra attention that she would get with a service dog she could take on planes and restaurants. Many adults have the ability to screen their diet for gluten and avoid risky foods. But kids don’t have as much insight or control. If another kid offers a cookie or the cafeteria gives her the wrong meal, she might not know enough to avoid it. I have mixed feelings about emotional support animals. There are definitely people that are disabled from mental health issues and for them a service dog can restore them to normal function. But others abuse the system to take their pets everywhere; there are websites that just mill out certificates for a fee. And some people go a step further and just buy a vest from amazon. For people that a service animal brings them a functional life, I love it. For people that just want to take their pet everywhere so they fake the system, they are ruining things and making backlash against the people that truly need them.

      1. Stop using personal anecdotes to make broad swooping assumptions about how emotional support animals are utilized and those who “abuse” them. This isn’t something to get worked up about, and it is not something that is affecting you in any way, so leave this issue alone and let people enjoy the support they are getting. Also, not all illnesses are visible, not all are physical, but all are definitely no one else’s business but the individual.

        1. Sorry, when the ’emotional support’ chihuahua next to me whines the entire flight I do get to comment. This is being abused on airlines and frankly, most of the animals that I have seen are not trained and terrified.

    3. The ignorance here is truly unreal. Some people genuinely are not capable of just “living life”. Some people have PTSD or very strong anxiety disorders which can lead to anxiety and panic attacks. Those are not in any way fun to experience and having a trained service dog to help cope and curb those possible attacks is truly a necessity just as much as medication and therapy often are with those issues. You wouldn’t tell a veteran with a service dog to just go on and live their life, what about an abuse, rape, neglect victim? They can experience PTSD as well which the service animal can assist with. Its very rarely “I sure do love Fido let me buy this neat vest and pass him off as a service animal haha”. People like you are often the reason others with emotional issues and mental health issues are scared to bring them up and seek help. The judgment and assumptions of laziness or being childish are heartbreaking. Your vibrator and an emotion support/service animal are very different things. Sorry living life isn’t that simple for those that have certain issues. Sorry you can’t see that. Best wishes xx

      1. Thank you for this. I have severe PTSD, I’m not going to write out what caused it, I’m not that strong. I have a service dog who helps me enormously, prior to training with Buck I didn’t even leave the home. Now I have a job. Some people do go ‘oh it’s not a real service dog because you’re not disabled’ but they are not the ones who nearly ended their own life 7 times and couldn’t sleep due to seeing the face of their attacker and all the people who said it was my fault anyway.
        (‘you were wearing a short skirt you were asking for it’)

    1. I find that people who call others snowflakes over things that have literally no bearing on their lives are usually the biggest snowflakes of all.

  3. My cousin’s husband is allergic to gluten. As in, if he gets any gluten in his system, his throat closes up. I would assume the girl with the gluten detecting dog has the same type of thing, as normal celiac will make you sick, but won’t kill you.

  4. There are many therapy dogs I have no issues with, but there are also many people who have them who really don’t need them. One woman I knew took her dog to my dance studio because he was a therapy dog. He did not behave like a therapy dog and when the sance instructor talked to the woman about it, she threatened that she had a doctor’s note. She took the dog to the studio all the time for group classes, but never to the events that could cause an anxiety attack.

    Recently I saw another therapy dog that was more skittish than its owner.

    1. Look, man, I have anxiety and going to my anxiety therapy groups has caused anxiety attacks. I’m certain going to dance class is anxiety-inducing.

    2. I have a therapy cat actually. I take her to nursing homes where she snuggles people and we stop by college dorms during finals weeks so students can destress with her. The volunteer group that coordinates visits requires all the medical/behavioral clearances that you would expect and she loves all the attention she gets. She isn’t a service animal though and she doesn’t go anywhere else with me.

      1. I’m hoping to train my nine-year-old mostly-blind dog as a therapy animal, after a recent encounter we had.

        She’s terrified of men, has never seen a wheelchair or an amputee. I stuck her in a room… with a wheelchair-using male amputee. She actually walked up to him, sat where his missing leg was, and begged for pets for two hours. Magical thing.

        I’m hoping I can get her cleared to work in a nursing home now, she’s a bit old to start but she’s gentle enough and seems to be opening up to men in her old age.

    1. I think the one pick of the dog where they only got his eyes is adorable; hopefully that’s not up for debate

  5. I think several of these dogs are from the agency my son got his autism service dog from in 2009. It’s great to see how they can be integrated into the schools and become a beloved fixture for a few years.

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