The Furry Friend at TOIS


Emily Pham

This Spring, a new furry friend has arrived to TOIS. The new therapy dog, Archie, is on a mission to help all students feel happy and joyful. He is currently sharing an office with the student assistant counselor, Ms. Greene. You can also say that she is on the same mission. Therapy dogs and dogs in general help people when they are sad, stressed or filled with anxiety by cuddling with them. When a dog cuddles a person, the cuddles boosts oxytocin in the person. Oxytocin is a chemical in the brain that can ease all of those negative symptoms and boost your happiness level. Archie can be seen walking through the halls occasionally, taking a break from his job. He loves pets and friendly hello’s. We welcome Archie and wish him the best time here at our school.