We had our first visit with Sophie the Therapy Dog this week. Sophie is a 5 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and has been working in our school since she was one. Sophie is very mellow, adores human attention, and loves to sit with children and listen to them read books or do math. Yesterday she watched as we put number cards in order. The best part was when she would point to the cards as we read them out loud!
Sophie does not judge, she does not rush anyone along, and she is always encouraging. I have witnessed children take risks that they would never do around their peers or even with a teacher. Sophie always comes with her owner, Nancy, who sits quietly behind Sophie giving commands to Sophie when necessary. It's quite amazing to watch and she is just so darn cute!!