Research backs up the claims that having therapy animals in schools is a wonderful way to boost morale and reduce stress in adults and children. I took my mini-pig to work one day and spread smiles all around the school. There’s nothing more relaxing than snuggling up to a mini pig. Pigs make perfect emotional support animals (ESA) for people with depression, severe anxiety, autism, or post traumatic stress disorder. They are also used as therapy animals visiting schools and nursing homes.
This baby Juliana pig named Clara caused quite a distraction for teachers at Houston Middle School on this last day before the first day of school for students. This is an extremely stressful time for educators. Many of us are rushing around our classrooms like designers trying to beat the clock on an HGTV remodeling show. Last minute trips to Target’s Dollar Spot and checklists on top of checklists are a must this time of year. Clara was a big hit with teachers today.
Clara is not a registered therapy pig, but I do believe she will be making quite a few more visits to our school this year. She is such a fast learner, and I hope to teach her many fun tricks to show the kids this year. After visiting many local pet shops, I realized that I will have to order cute outfits for her online. Doggie and kitten clothes just don’t fit quite right. I’ll try to update this blog throughout the year with more pics of this cutie pie.