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Therapy dog introduced to Klein Forest

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  • Jack smiles for a photoshoot.

  • Sophomores Tatyana Vallejo, Ronaldo Moreno, Paola Morales, Daisy Escalante, and Ximena Medellin pet Jack in class during Eagle Eye.

  • Sophomores Paola Morales and Daisy Escalante pet Jack from their seats.

  • Sophomores James Bejerano and Diomar Escamilla watch Jack from their desks.

  • Senior Fariha Adil pets Jack in class.

  • Jack smiles for a photoshoot.

  • Jack smiles for a photoshoot.

  • Mental Health Specialist Kristin Ordanes walks Jack down the hallway.

  • Jack smiles for a photoshoot.

  • Jack smiles for a photoshoot.

Jackson Avery Ordanes, also known as Jack the Therapy Dog, stretches himself awake; he waits for the jingle of his harness and the two words, “Let’s go.” 

“He’s happy,” Mental Health Specialist Kristin Ordanes said. “He’s one of the happiest dogs. I think he smiles the whole way in the car on our way to work.”

Their alliance began when Ordanes, who formerly taught at Greenwood Elementary, noticed her kids experiencing strong emotions. While researching how to help them, she came across an article about therapy dogs in classrooms. After conferring with her principals, in June of 2019, Ordanes got Jack as a puppy. 

Jack was certified for therapy through PetSmart and the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, which taught him to stay calm and listen to commands. At the end of April 2023, the new Mental Health Specialist position opened up in high schools across Klein.

“I immediately wanted to apply for it because I think that it’s so important,” Ordanes said. “You guys are so aware of your feelings. It’s really cool to be able to come in, talk to you guys, have you be so verbal, identify your feelings, and help you navigate them.”

Now weighing 45 pounds, Jack begins his high school career at Klein Forest; students catch glimpses of fluffy brown fur in the cafeteria, classrooms, and of course, the main counseling office, where Jack accompanies his visitors.

“He immediately puts people at ease,” Ordanes said. “If they’re anxious, they can just sit in, pet him and calm down. He makes people smile.”

According to the National Association of Secondary School Principals, studies show a sixth of students ages 6-17 struggle with mental disorders every year, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34. Students anticipate the integration of Jack will benefit Klein Forest; some students even feel the impact of smaller interactions with Jack.

“I was struggling with school starting again,” junior Maxine Barrera said. “When I saw Jack and I was able to pet him, it just made me feel that much better.”

The main counseling office is open to students whenever they need a break or need help assessing their emotions. Jack comforted students like freshman Megan Kimble.

“He laid on my feet and it calmed me down,” Kimble said. “It’s nice to talk and [Ms. Ordanes] recommended I speak to a doctor, so she helped me communicate that to [my dad].”

When Jack walks through the same glassy doors every morning surrounded by smiles and curious eyes, he can’t help but begin grinning ear to ear. Hands scratch his chin, fingertips graze through his fur, and Jack sticks his tongue out in delight, confirming the affinity is mutual.


Students in crisis can always reach out to their Mental Health Specialist and refer to TCHATT (Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine), which provides telemedicine or telehealth programs to schools, helping identify and assess behavioral health needs. 

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    Klein MumsSep 28, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    Klein Mums would love to provide a free garter to Jack. We sell mums to raise funds for medical service dogs. Reach out if you would like a mum. Zeus the Wonder Dog at Klein Collins loved his!

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    Joseph MartinezSep 21, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    I saw Jack in the cafeteria one day; I instantly ran over to him and pet him. He’s so adorable and fluffy. I think that having Jack here is an amazing idea. If I saw him with his own ID or a bowtie, I’d probably start to cry because of his adorableness. If anyone is feeling down about something, go to Jack ASAP, because he will instantly steal your heart. Not literally I mean figuratively obviously.

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    A.RSep 21, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    I think Jack being here is a good idea, because hes helping students that are struggling.

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    AvrilSep 21, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    Jack Is a wonderful amazing dog and is amazing especially how good he is on calming down people.when they need it.And I love how he is always happy

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    Delia C.Sep 21, 2023 at 11:51 am

    I love Jack! I like how we have a therapy dog here at Klein Forest helping anyone and everyone who needs it. Not just Jack bur I’m glad we also have a mental health specialist who is there whenever we need to talk to someone.

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    LEAHSep 21, 2023 at 11:48 am

    i guess jack is okay i think

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  • J

    johnSep 21, 2023 at 11:48 am

    I think Jack is a good dog

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  • G

    GenesisSep 21, 2023 at 11:48 am

    Jack helps people every day too feel better and help them through stressful things he’s an awsome dog

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  • L

    LEAHSep 21, 2023 at 11:47 am

    jack is cool i guess

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  • C

    cpSep 21, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Jack is aborable and he a really good help for klein forest.

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  • F

    FranciscoSep 21, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Jack is a super dog that helps everyone in school.He is appreacited and loved by everyone who meets him.

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  • J

    JSSep 21, 2023 at 11:43 am

    Jack so inspiring for real.

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  • T

    TatyanaSep 21, 2023 at 9:26 am

    I think Jack is an awesome dog. He helps people in many ways and everyone admires him.

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  • H

    HWSep 21, 2023 at 9:16 am

    Jack is such a good thing to have so he can help

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  • C

    CorySep 21, 2023 at 9:10 am

    Jack is so cute!

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    SomeoneSep 21, 2023 at 9:09 am

    Interestingly Jack sounds like a happy dog.

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  • E

    Ernesto MSep 21, 2023 at 9:09 am

    Jack is a cool dog.

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    BrennenSep 21, 2023 at 9:09 am

    I glad they brought jack to the campus.

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    briyahSep 21, 2023 at 9:09 am

    he is so cute and i think he could help a lot

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    Carlos BrownSep 21, 2023 at 7:48 am

    jack is such a good dog ?

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    ASep 21, 2023 at 7:45 am

    It is very interesting to have a therapy dog to help students in need.

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  • P

    pmSep 21, 2023 at 7:45 am

    It is very good to know that the therapy dog helps with mental health

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  • S

    S. SmithSep 21, 2023 at 7:45 am

    Jack is dog who helps people and I love that.

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    T.KingSep 21, 2023 at 7:44 am

    Jack is a very intelligent and nice dog. The way Jack helps people and makes them feel better is a great way to keep kids’ spirits alive and also make them want to go to school more often.

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    A.bSep 21, 2023 at 7:44 am

    Jack makes kids look forward to going to school.

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  • A

    Alexandra M.Sep 21, 2023 at 7:43 am

    Jack is a cutie patootie ???

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  • G

    gnSep 21, 2023 at 7:43 am

    jack is cool

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  • M

    mia suastiSep 21, 2023 at 7:42 am

    I think it was a good idea that jack came to our school because I am able to see that others get relief by him.

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    A.A.Sep 21, 2023 at 7:42 am

    In times when our mental health can take a big toll on us, I think Jack is really helping many who cannot express their emotions.

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    m.sSep 21, 2023 at 7:42 am

    jack is so nice

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    AngelSep 21, 2023 at 7:41 am

    JACK IS THE BESTT I LOVE YOU

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  • H

    H.DSep 21, 2023 at 7:40 am

    Jack is honestly a very special dog and I’m super grateful that he’s helping out people.

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    melissaSep 21, 2023 at 7:37 am

    Jack is so cute

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    Fariha AdilSep 20, 2023 at 9:35 pm

    Jack is the best fr ??

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  • R

    reinaldoSep 20, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    yo this kinda fire?

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    Emillie S.Sep 20, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    I love the timeliness of this story considering that September is also Suicide Awareness Month. I’m glad that they decided to hire a mental health specialist along with a therapy dog that everyone adores. This is so very well written and I know the time and effort is so worth it at the end. Congrats Joanne! I’m so proud of you!

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    chiSep 20, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    i love u jack

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