Today was a very special day in our second grade class as we had all five of our regular canine students in attendance!
The students always ask about that one or two dog that isn’t there and today they did miss Benny, but everyone else was there to teach two very interesting topics.We had George, Dash, Cricket, Bailey and Kirby. It was Kirby’s first day back after his knee surgery and the children presented him with beautiful Get Well cards.
They all got to see his shaved leg and hear how well he is doing and watch him walk on his blanket.Kirby brought his favorite toy, Santa, to show the children.
One student remembered he had another surgery recently and even remembered when his other knee was fixed … they said he had so many operations they can hardly count them all!
So all the dogs settled in on their spots and we first talked about how to conduct an interview. The students learned all about the five ways to pose a question, starting with Who, What, When, Where and Why.
Then they learned about Open and Closed questions and got to ask all the dogs and their owners two questions each, one open and one closed. The dogs did not have much to say!
Next we talked a little more about therapy dogs and the criteria to become Pet Partner Love Dogs. The kids all knew the dogs had to be quiet and love to stay still on their blankets and love to be petted and walk nicely and never growl or move too fast. Kirby demonstrated the Sit and Down.
The kids asked the owners what was the hardest thing to teach their dogs and what was the most challenging thing they as the other end of the leash had to learn.The hour just flew by so quickly, before you knew it we were breaking up into our reading circles. Kirby loves this part the best. He walked from child to child and settled in front of each one for a while. Each circle had a different dog and chose their own books to read today. If you walked into this classroom you would never know five dogs were working in such a small space, right next to each other.
When we got home I read the Get Well cards to Kirby and he drifted off for a nap with a very happy smile on his face.