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It’s Back to School for Daisy!
13 September 2017
It is that time of year again where the summer holidays become a distant memory and the children return to school. However it is not just the children returning to school because it is time for our canine friend Daisy to go back to school too!
We would like to introduce you all to Daisy. She is a one year old Labradoodle who, at a young age, has a very important job! Daisy is in training to become a Dogs Helping Kids (DHK) school dog. Daisy regularly goes to work with her loving and dedicated mum who is the deputy head teacher of Hollywood Primary School (Miss Parkes).
DHK is a unique registered charity dedicated to using highly trained dogs to help teach children non-violence, empathy, respect, kindness, love, responsibility, friendship and trust. Now it is no easy task becoming a DHK school dog as each certified dog has to complete a two year training programme, pass 6 increasingly difficult assessments, and once certified, undergo an annual assessment. So Daisy and her owner Cathy are working very hard indeed to achieve this! Daisy’s time with the children in school is limited at the moment whilst she is going through her training process but she goes to school most days to become accustomed to the environment, Daisy loves her time at school and all the attention she receives from the staff and children that come to visit the office.
Once certified, Daisy will support the school in many ways, including teaching children how to treat and respect dogs, teaching the children how to care for animals and the importance of training dogs and with the help of the DHK ‘How to speak dog’ campaign, teach children how to approach dogs in a safe manner and also, very importantly, when not to approach dogs! In school Daisy will and already is improving attendance rates, providing behaviour awards and improving general well-being for pupils and staff.
Willows is absolutely delighted to support Daisy and Hollywood school with their mission and we will be providing Daisy with free of charge health checks and vaccinations. DHK do not provide dogs for the schools but rely on volunteers like Cathy to dedicate their own time and funding to support the initiative.
Amy Knapman, our primary care vet, met Daisy recently for her first health check and she was such a superstar and an absolute delight to meet. Our team at Willows are really looking forward to visiting Daisy and the children at Hollywood primary school and supporting the school.
Daisy has had a fun filled summer holiday as you can see from the photos - and got to meet her siblings too!
We will keep you all updated regularly with Daisy’s progress and of course more great photos of Daisy at work.