We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have had not one, but three Pet Therapy dogs at Alumwell Junior School. Our Senior Leader, Mr Bill Bailey, has now retired - he had been working his magic at Alumwell since 2004 and as one pupil famously quoted 'You always feel better after a hug with Bill'.
September 2014 saw Alumwell Junior school take on a new apprentice, Dougie Dog. Dougie was shown the ropes by Bill and they could often be seen walking around school together - with Bill holding Dougie's lead!
Dougie is at his busiest during playtime and lunchtime when there is never a shortage of pupil dog handlers eager to care for him. Dougie is a great support for pupils suffering socio/ behavioural/ emotional issues. He is a great "friend" to many pupils and he gives our school a homely feel.
As a result of a very persuasive School Council we welcomed Percy the Puppy on Monday 20th June 2016. He has settled in well and manages to wear himself out on a regular basis! We very much look forward to seeing Percy develop into yet another remarkable Therapy Dog.