Therapy dog comforts students at Denison High School

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- A new type of student is walking the halls of Denison High School, bringing comfort to anyone who needs it.

"She's made me feel better, she made my heart feel like it's healed," student Landus Cameron said.

"She really makes me happy and cheers me up when I'm in a bad mood," student Savanna Pate said.

"When I get mad and she comes into the room, you just can't be mad at someone that's this nice and this sweet," student Tana Tyree said.

Three students with three different stories of how Denali the therapy dog is changing their lives.

"She helps with your anger and stuff and anxiety," Tyree said.

Denali, an English Cream Golden Retriever, is the newest student at Denison High School. She's available to anyone who needs her.

"What I love about her is she's kind, friendly, helps everyone in need," Cameron said.

Stacie Garcia is a Denison ISD diagnostician. She trains and takes care of Denali.

"We go into a classroom or walk throughout the school building and students say 'hey can I pet her' and so they'll come up and pet, she just brightens their world," Garcia said.

Denali has been on campus for about a year but now she comes at least three days a week to the high school and stops by the elementary school periodically.

Her impact is showing.

"Students that have had anger issues in the past, their discipline referrals have decreased," Garcia said.

Denali can detect anxiety and calm students down during tests or other situations.

"She'll jump in my lap," Tyree said.

They've even taught her tricks, but her loyalty and comfort is what the students say stands out the most.

"She's always there, always, that's what love is, puppy love," Cameron said.