Helping Both Ends of the Leash

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The seventh graders at Oldfield Middle School in the Harborfields Central School District were visited by a special organization, Paws of War, on Feb. 16. This organization trains dogs rescued from shelters and places them with U.S. military veterans that suffer from the emotional effects of war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Representatives from Paws of War shared the organization’s goal of “helping both ends of the leash,” the differences between a therapy dog and a service dog, and more. Students asked questions, interacted with the dogs, and witnessed the unique relationships between vets and their service dogs. This event was tied into the seventh-grade class’s recent study of author Gary Paulsen’s novel “A Soldier’s Heart,” which traced the life of a fictional soldier during the Civil War.


Representatives from Paws of War asked students if they knew what a service dog was on Feb. 16.
Photo courtesy of the Harborfields Central School District

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