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News Brief: Dragons enjoy the companionship of dogs from “Love on a Leash”

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Fiona Aulenta
Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) students got an amazing opportunity to hang out and have fun with the dogs of the “Love on a Leash.” These sweet volunteer dogs and their owners walked around campus on Feb. 2, 2024, and brought a smile to students faces amid the potential stress of a new semester.

On Feb. 2, 2024, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) students bumbled around the quad, petting and enjoying the company of small and big dogs alike from the “Love on a Leash” Foundation.

Although the “Love on a Leash” dogs were brought to help the students of Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech), the dogs seemed to be getting love in return from the student, and both enjoyed each others company. (Fiona Aulenta)

As the second semester of the 2023-2024 year begins, students are settling back into the academic demands of school. Andres Hernandez ‘26 said, “When you’re going to the second semester you start to learn new material and it’s just kind of stressful having to balance all the new subjects.”

Angel Sanchez ‘26 felt similarly, saying, “It’s stressful knowing that the year is almost over, and we have to get our grades and such together.”

Thoughts of anxiety and doubt were alleviated by the loveable animals that paraded around campus. “Love on a Leash” provided students the chance to distract themselves as they walked around the quad, petting a variety of canines during the lunch period. 

Rhea Gill ‘25 commented on the dog’s benefits when Foothill Tech had them previously, stating, “I especially noticed during the Wellness Week before finals … I noticed a difference in my mood throughout the day which benefits my overall happiness.”

“Love on a Leash” is a foundation that is spread throughout California, going to schools, nursing homes and hospitals, with the overall goal of helping people going through overwhelming periods or just needing some companionship. “Love on a Leash” member Trish Davis said, “It’s something everybody can agree that they love the animals,” as well as adding, “Touching an animal really drops your blood pressure and gets your mind off your daily stress.”

“Love on a Leash” welcomed a positive atmosphere throughout campus. Before eventually heading off to their next class, dragons had the chance to enjoy the company of the dogs, taking their minds off the heavy school days ahead of them.  

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Bailey Basurto, Reporter
"You can't blame yourself, you just have to blame Mercury, cause it's just hella in retrograde." - Taylor Swift
Fiona Aulenta, Videographer
“I make bad decisions frequently. They're fun.” - SZA

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