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Helping Both Ends of the Leash

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Seventh graders at OMS were recently visited by Paws of War, a special organization that trains rescue dogs 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.