The Cover Story

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

WHO: Agility Ability dog handler Reed Newell, 16, (left)student Jarrod House, 16, take a break from a recent class with Bess, a chocolate lab.

WHERE:A trainingfacility on Morrison Road in Gahanna

WHEN:Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

THE BACKSTORY:Count on staff photographer Lorrie Cecil to get great photos that involve dogs. Pets are a definite passion for her. Lorrie dropped in on an Agility Ability class for a story related to our annual focus on Special Needs. Connie Will co-founded the program after her daughter Avery, who has a rare chromosome disorder, had a breakthrough after working with agility dogs. Will saw the benefit in her own child and thought that therapy centered around these perky pooches could help other kids, too. Will said Agility Ability, with help from local dog trainers and 4-H students, has touched more than 100 central Ohio students by boosting self-esteem, improving their focus and more. House, who wants to be a vet tech after graduating from Olentangy Liberty High School, is among them.