Compassionate Canines Help Relieve Stress at Glacier High School

Students took a break from final exams to pet and play with visiting Belgian Shepherds

By Greg Lindstrom
Kim Gilmore watches her dog Brenner, a 13-year-old Belgian Shepard, as he enjoys pets from Glacier High School students, from left, Meredith Miele, Hannah Couch, Kaylee Miller, Charlene Inselman and Tessa Ernsperger on Jan. 21, 2016. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Nothing relieves stress like the comfort of man’s best friend.

Students at Glacier High School took a break during finals week to pet and play with a pair of therapy dogs.

The school hosted the Paws to De-Stress event on Thursday with Compassionate K-9, an organization that takes dogs and helps groups relieve stress.

Small groups of students spent a few minutes before school and during lunch playing with and petting Stryker and Brenner, both Belgian Shepherds.

The Glacier French and Spanish Clubs won a grant from the Kalispell Education Foundation last fall, and hosted a hot chocolate bar during finals week. Handlers with Compassionate K-9’s volunteered their time with the dogs.