WBZ Radio's Dan Rea talks with Beth Johnson, Tantasqua Regional Senior High School Assistant Principal and handler of NEADS Assistance Dog “J.D.”
Jeff A. Chamer, Worcester Telegram & Gazette: One of Tantasqua Regional Senior High School's most popular staff members is known for his ability to provide a comforting presence in times of distress - and for taking treats when he's a good boy.
It's J.D., a 5-year-old black lab who regularly walks around the school building and visits classrooms with assistant principal Beth Johnson, his owner and handler.
"It has been a giant love affair between every staff member and student that J.D. has ever met," Johnson said. "He makes a world of difference for some kids - he really turns their day around and, for a lot of kids, he is the reason that they come to school or can get through the whole school day."
Whether it's the first thing in the morning as students arrive, a random walk through the building or lunchroom, or popping into counseling sessions to help students, Johnson has been sure to make J.D. as accessible to students as possible throughout the day.
One of J.D.'s most frequent visitors -and, Johnson said, the president of his fan club - is Alexis Buteau, a senior. Buteau said she typically makes it a point to see J.D. at least once per school day.
"He's very comforting and he knows all of these adorable tricks," Buteau said. Continue reading...
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The Pulling 4 Paws Truck Pull at Worcester’s Polar Park was back after a three-year hiatus. See photos here.
LuAnn Thibodeau: Perhaps you have heard of NEADS before, or have driven by their location in Princeton and seen the sign and wondered what NEADS is. Well, this will help you to learn a bit more about NEADS and their mission... I got to see it first hand and I am nothing but completely amazed. These folks and the dogs are awesome, delightful, wonderful, and so much more.