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Fur therapy helps kids adjust, interact

Pet owners understand the positive impact a furry companion contributes to a person’s well-being.

Judy Rice gets it. As a service and therapy dog breeder, she knew the joys of canine affection, but seeing a pooch change lives was a “lightbulb” moment.

Rice, director of CEO, Center for Educational Options, Henry County Public Schools’ alternative program, brought her German Shepherd Ruger to school once a month to further the dog’s training as a therapy K-9 and witnessed firsthand the positive interactions between students and Ruger.

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