My name is Dougie Dog and I am very proud to be the 2nd Dog that has had the honour to make friends with the children at Alumwell. I am now 6 years old and I have been coming to work for three and a half years. My training began in June 2014 and I have achieved my Gold Award in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme. I am always polite and well mannered, just like you lot!
My job is made better because I have a small but dedicated group of trained Dog Walkers who work under the supervision of Mrs Lawrenson. They make sure I am walked, loved and treated to a few dog biscuits and the odd slice of toast. These children have to be dog confident and reliable and in return I give them lots of cuddles and will perform a few tricks for them.
During the course of the day I might be asked to make friends with children who might be a little scared of dogs. I help them to realise that if we are well trained we are not frightening.
At other times I might be the one children come to if they are feeling a little sad or unhappy. I am very good at listening to children and not passing judgement.
The children in our school love having a school dog. It helps to make us a friendly, family place. I love having lots of children to pat me and be my friend.
It was the children of AJS, who voted through our School Council, to introduce a second school dog after Bill retired. We couldn't resist that request and so Percy Pup was brought in to be my apprentice. He is still a young dog but he is so friendly and is loved by everyone. He is well on his way to achieving his Gold Award from the kennel club having achieved his Bronze and Silver awards in 2017.
If you have any suggestions, or questions for my blog please let Mrs Lawrenson know, or write me a letter. I would also like any of your pictures and drawings about us. I could add some to this page too.