Parkland students give therapy dogs their own yearbook page

Chelsea Ritschel
Friday 17 May 2019 15:15
Parkland therapy dogs featured in school yearbook (Twitter / Aerie Yearbook)(Parkland therapy dogs featured in school yearbook (Twitter / Aerie Yearbook))

They may not be students, but the therapy dogs employed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been given a yearbook page all the same.

To thank the 14 dogs who stepped in to offer their unwavering love and support after the 14 February mass-shooting last year left 17 dead, students in Parkland, Florida dedicated a page to the pets - where they listed their names and photos.

In the portraits, taken in front of the standard blue background, each of the dogs poses for the camera - some dressed up in special bow-ties or hair bows to mark their first yearbook photos.

Photos of the adorable tribute have since gone viral on Twitter, where people are fawning over the important pups.

According to the Aerie Yearbook editors, the dogs love their yearbooks... and are looking for students to sign them.

If that weren’t cute enough, the puppy portrait behind-the-scenes are sure to bring a smile to your face.

To prepare for their official portraits, the therapy dogs were instructed to place their paws on an image of a human footprint - just like their student friends.

For rising editor-in-chief Caitlynn Tibbetts, who spoke to BuzzFeed, the decision to include the therapy and service dogs came from a desire to represent where their school is now while focusing on the “one thing from last year that is permanent and positive”.

As yearbook advisor and English teacher Sarah Lerner said: “There’s nothing a dog can’t fix.”