Meet BLU… soon to become the Lyme/Old Lyme Middle School FACILITY Dog. Guidance Counselor, Renee Molar, has been hard at work with her pup Blu, with the goal of becoming the districts first Therapy TEAM.
Project Paws believes that by incorporating facility dogs into school settings, we can foster positive outcomes for youth. Connection is critical to all learning and animals can bridge the gap for youth who have more difficulty connecting. Animals can offer unconditional love, empathy and acceptance. Studies show that petting a dog reduces blood pressure, anxiety levels and releases hormones such as Seratonin and Oxytocin (the LOVE hormone)
Last June, nine week old puppy Blu arrived to his new home in Connecticut. He lives with his family, mom and dad, Renee and Chris and siblings Emmie and Allie. Renee and Blu are hoping to have achieved Therapy Dog level of training late spring, and Blu is excited to begin school and meet all his new friends