PAHS at Beechwood School—Learning About Unusual Emotional Support Animals
Representatives Patty Hurley and Leonor Delgado returned to Beechwood School's fifth-grade class Friday, January 24, to continue our service learning program about emotional support animals (ESAs). They were joined by Alex Tomono Rabenstein from Andy's Pet Shop in San Jose and an amazing crew of ESAs: Indie, a full-grown adult bearded dragon who is now a trained ESA; Taki a smaller (orange) bearded dragon, currently in training; and a few more conventional ESAs—Possum, a white-faced baby guinea pig, and his siblings.
Students learned how animals such as bearded dragons and guinea pigs make excellent ESAs. Indie was especially receptive to cuddles and not hesitant about returning and initiating them! Alex provided a trove of information about his animal companions, along with testimony from a former Marine who depends on his guinea pigs for support and lots of facts about many kinds of reptiles and guinea pigs.