TJMS student's spirits bolstered by therapy dog

Four-legged pal at school

Michael Weber suffers from severe health issues, but now enjoys going to school and trying new things thanks to Scout, the therapy dog at Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Michael Weber suffers from severe health issues, but now enjoys going to school and trying new things thanks to Scout, the therapy dog at Thomas Jefferson Middle School Submitted

Scout’s thick, golden locks and her warm, soft body are a comfort to many students at Jefferson City's Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

For seventh-grader Michael Weber, the therapy dog not only is a companion when his severe health issues flare up, she’s also been a motivation for him to be at school.

“Scout makes Michael so happy,” said his mother, Brandy Weber. “He wants to come to school because he knows he sees Scout.”

Michael lives with Cardiofaciocutaneous (CFC) Syndrome, which is connected to his heart arhythmia, seizures, malformations, a feeding tube, scoliosis, growth-hormone deficiency and other issues.

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