When Carmel and Dakota grow old, they will be able to look back fondly on their high school years. Well, at least their owners will.
The two service dogs at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minnesota, are so important to the campus and its students that for the past several years, they have been pictured in the staff section of the school’s yearbook.
“The yearbook is for everybody,” advisor Jill Farrell told KARE 11, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul. “Our goal is inclusion and so including the dogs, I think, makes everybody feel like they are a part of the yearbook.”
Caramel is a service dog for owner Rebecca Thomas, who teaches American Sign Language at Blaine. Dakota, a certified therapy dog, belongs to Vicky Camacho, a paraeducator in the special education department, reports the Star Tribune.
The dogs reportedly are “paw-pular” with both students and teachers.