Hi everyone, this is the first of a regular blog that I will be writing to keep you all up to date with Percy and my activities as members of AJS staff.
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 5 years old and I have been coming to work for two 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 pup but he is so friendly and is loved by everyone. He is now old enough to begin his training and this will start in January. I can't wait to let you know how he gets on.
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.