Local Teen Trains Therapy Dogs for Nursing Home and School Visits

Originally aired on WDTN-TV – September 5, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A 14-year-old Huber Heights girl is making a difference in the Miami Valley with her two therapy dogs.

High school freshman, Maelynn Rose visits local schools and nursing homes with her pooches, Titan and Troy – and she does it for just one reason.

“Just to brighten up peoples’ days,” Maelynn said. “From the pre-schoolers, I get: ‘On my goodness! It’s a puppy!’ And then, from the residents, usually I get: ‘Come on dog, you can get up on my lap.’ And then they usually steal my dog away and start cuddling him!”

Maelynn is an AKC handler and 4H dog trainer.

2 News caught up with her at Christian EduCare center in Springfield, where she let preschoolers spend some time petting Titan.

She’s also involved in afterschool programs for inner-city youth and special education courses at local schools.

Her next step is to visit hospitals with her therapy dogs, once she’s a little older.

“It makes me feel so happy that I can give someone else happiness,” she said. “Especially when you’re in a nursing home cause sometimes people don’t come to visit them.”

Her trained therapy pets also compete in dog shows and have scored awards for agility tests.

But that’s not all Maelynn is good at.

She also plays the ukulele and guitar, she’s involved in girl scouts, and finds time for school with online courses at Ohio Virtual Academy.

“I’ve had a lot of teachers connect with me personally and they come to my dog shows, actually,” she said. “The teachers are willing to work with me and my dog schedule because I have shows on Thursdays.”

To learn more about Ohio Virtual Academy, visit https://ohva.k12.com/.

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