If anyone dares to look back at the events that transpired in 2020, they’ll remember that the coronavirus wasn’t the only bad thing that happened that year. Although the pandemic surely takes the cake, the Australian bushfire tragedy is a definite shoo-in for second place.
Just like the virus, the effects of the bushfires are still felt up to this day. In Clifton Creek, school children are still traumatized by that horrible memory. The Clifton Creek primary school was actually destroyed by the fires. So now, they hold their classes in a temporary classroom, while their school is being rebuilt.
Although burnt buildings and pieces of equipment can be rebuilt and replaced, the emotional scars that these children were afflicted with cannot be fixed just by anyone. So, the local government reached out to Dogs Connect, an Australian mental well-being program that uses the aid of therapy dogs.
For Clifton Creek Primary School, they were assigned a cute and cuddly Goldendoodle named “CC.” Grant Shannon from Dogs Connect brought the doggo to the school. He explained that the 10-week-old pup is very good at sensing stress and being able to relieve any person of it.
Although she is not yet a certified therapy doggo, CC is showing great potential and she would probably grow to become one of the best therapy pups in Australia. The kids at the primary school seemed to approved of her presence. They said that even though CC is playful, she is not a distraction or bad influence.
As the school’s principal had explained, these kids still experience trauma from what transpired back in 2020, so CC’s calming presence helps the school children snap out of it. The local government claimed that if CC’s deployment is super effective with the children, they will definitely look into deploying more therapy dogs to other areas affected by the bushfires. Good girl, CC!
Credits: 7NEWS Australia