Hackett students chill with therapy dog
N.Y. (Dec. 7, 2018) -- William S.
Hackett Middle School choral students rehearsing Friday for their winter
concert next week showed no signs of the jitters, thanks in part to the
presence of one Stella Louise McWrinkleson.
Stella, a 2-year old bloodhound, is a
certified therapy dog belonging to Hackett and music teacher Frances
Stella spends two to three days a week
in DelSignore’s classroom. The vast majority of DelSignore’s students
said they find Stella a calming and soothing presence.
And It’s not just DelSignore’s students
who benefit from Stella’s canine charms. Other Hackett students
frequently stop in to DelSignore’s room to get a dose of Stella love.
Stella is one chill hound. But that’s
due to rigorous training certified therapy dogs undergo. To get her
certification through Therapy Dogs International, Stella had to learn to
suppress a number of her natural urges, from nibbling on strangers to
being startled by loud noises.
According to DelSignore, Stella comes
from a long line of search and rescue hounds that work with the New York
State Police. Some of her brothers and sisters are working in Africa to
track down poachers.
When she’s not helping the folks at
Hackett mellow out, Stella lives with DelSignore and her family.
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