Hero Dog Anise – Huntington Beach, CA

Even though I work with dogs every day and understand their contribution to both people and society, I am continually amazed at what they bring to those who need them most. This is the story of one such dog that brought comfort to many after a horrific event.

October 8, 2010

500 students and 30 staff members at the Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad, CA were interrupted by gunfire on the playground. Two second grade girls were wounded. A team of district, community, and school personnel met to determine the best way to help the children reclaim their school and return to some sense of a safe and secure environment. Enter the HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response teams to which Anise is a proud member. For two weeks directly following the incident, Anise and her caring teammates joined the campus during recess and lunch time. The HOPE AACR teams were sensitive and careful about how they interacted with the children, and they placed themselves strategically around areas of the playground to gently encourage children to venture back to the field. It was not long before the children’s interest in Anise and her sweet teammates helped them overcome their concern about going back outside to play. Where there was fear and sadness, the teachers could once again hear laughter, children running with happy dogs, and Kelly Elementary school moving towards a new normal. There is no psychologist in the world like a dog kissing your face. As you can see, Anise did her magic with this child.

For more information or to nominate your hero dog, visit the Hero Dog Awards official site!


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