Therapy Dogs at Forest Glen Middle Bring More than Comfort to Students and Teachers

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Principal Ronald Forsman with Brutus (left) and Bodhi

By: Jen Russon

Each day over the last three years, the peer counseling teacher at Forest Glen Middle School has brought two of man’s best friends into the workplace.

Great Danes Brutus and Bodhi are staples at the school, and owner Shawna Meyer said even Principal Forsman likes to check in with them now and then.

The dogs, part of Meyer’s peer counseling class, brighten the days of not just her but all the other faculty and staff working at the Coral Springs school.

“Everyone loves Brutus, even teachers who were afraid of him at first. He actually helped several people get over their fear of dogs,” said Meyer.

Brutus is a full-time therapy animal who began visiting schools following the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 2018. His little brother Bodhi, just 11-months-old recently began training, so he only visits Forest Glen on Fridays.

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A student petting Brutus at Forest Glen Middle School

Meyer said that as a peer counselor, she initially brought the dogs into comfort and interact with students from the ESE and varying exceptionalities programs once a week.

“Now every student or teacher can come to visit when they are having a bad day,” she said.

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