Two dogs and a ring-necked dove help Orange County high schoolers de-stress after test – Orange County Register

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Scarlett Lirocchi, 14, walked outside after taking her Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and any stress that had built up during the three-hour exam evaporated when she gazed at Zoe, Cloud and Blue.

Zoe is a long-haired Chihuahua, Blue an American Staffordshire Terrier. Cloud is a ring-necked dove. All three are trained, licensed therapy animals.

Lirocchi, a ninth-grader at Saddleback Valley Christian School, stood in line with other students to pet and interact with Blue. Then she went prancing across the blacktop with joy.

“I’m not stressed at all anymore!” she proclaimed…

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