Pets as Therapy
We are so thrilled to have the privilege of working with Pets As Therapy on the Read 2 Dogs project! Every Wednesday lunchtime, Kassie arrives with her owner Sara and the school starts to fizz with excitement. Children and adults welcome Kassie and always stop to say hello! Kassie is a special dog - incredibly gentle and with a knowing look in her eye.
She currently works with a group of children who come and enjoy reading to Kassie for an hour. Kassie generally flakes out on a luxurious cushion while the children read to her, taking it in turns to stroke her and finding her tickle spots! After just three weeks, Kassie and the children greet each other like old friends and already it’s very clear to see the impact that she is having on them all. Kassie provides comfort, enhances self-esteem, motivates learning and brings our young people a great deal of delight.
‘Wednesday is my favourite day of the week because we get to read to Kassie and Sara. The reading gives me joy. I never used to read that much but now I read every day. For me it’s a new experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity.’ Ethan
‘I feel like it is an amazing privilege to enjoy a peaceful read with a comforting dog. I used to hate reading but now I have experience how books are so active. Reading is a journey.’ Jasmine
‘Wednesday’s are my most favourite day of the week because we get to have Kassie time! I love reading and I love dogs. Nothing can be better than Wednesday afternoon book talk with Kassie and Sara. Kassie is lovely and Sara is amazing.’ Ksenija
‘When it was my first time reading with Kassie and Sara, I wasn’t confident. Now I am so much more confident!’ Phoebe
‘I love Wednesday because we can just relax and read. I like it because after we have read we get to stroke Kassie. I also enjoy just relaxing and thinking about my writing when I do it. I enjoy Wednesday afternoon because we get to see Kassie and Kassie enjoys seeing us.’ Jamie
A huge thank you to both Kassie and Sara for their amazing contributions to our school community – in the words of our special book: ‘there is only one you in this great big world Kassie, thank you for making it a better place!’
To find out more about the work of Pets As Therapy dogs, do have a look at the website below: