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Mia’s calming influence – Pets as Therapy

Mia’s calming influence – Pets as Therapy

Students at Blackpool Sixth are taking a break from their studies to spend time with Mia, a canine therapy dog.

The beautiful border collie and Jack Russell cross is a Pets as Therapy dog, who visits the college with owner, Sue Parkin, a former English teacher.

Mia has been specially trained and offers all students a welcome in the college foyer when she visits.

Clair Statham, from the college’s additional learning support team, explained: “Mia is great for students, and she helps with stress and is a calming influence.

“Everybody loves her and she brings a new dimension to college life and brings a smile to everybody’s face when she’s here.

“Students and staff just love coming up and saying hello.”

Therapy dogs are known for their ability to help manage stress and have been proven to help bring down blood pressure and anxiety. Mia also visits a day care centre in Kirkham.

Triple IT BTEC student Cameron Fitzmaurice was fearful of dogs but after spending time with Mia, has a new found love of the animals: “I had a really bad experience with dogs but not now.

“I love visiting Mia in between lessons and it’s nice not to be on my iPad so much!”


pets as therapyMia the PAT dog.


Sue Parkin and Mia the PAT dog.


pets as therapyMia pictured with owner Sue Parkin and students Kane Devaney, Tyler Harrop and Cameron Fitzmaurice.


Photograph of Mia taken by student Cameron Fitzmaurice.