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Kearsarge Gateway Program

This visit was so great! One girl hasn’t wanted to have anything to do with the dogs since the beginning of school. Each week the teacher would ask if she wanted to work with the dogs and always the same answer is “No” This week was different, she was asked if she would like to work with the dogs and her answer was “No” but then I asked her if she would just like to tag along? She nodded her head to say, “Yes”.
I lead Lucy and May into the hall and the student followed. We began to walk with another student who was holding Lucy’s leash. I had May with me and I began to walk, I asked the student if she would like to hold May’s leash, she said “Yes”. May and she walked down the hallway as if they had done it a million times. I was behind May and the student with Lucy and another student. It was so exciting to see what a great match they made. May kept looking up to her and walked side by side with a loose leash. When we got near the lobby, the student saw her Dad standing there. She yelled for him “Dad look” They joy in her and her dad was priceless.
When you see progress and how the dogs can make a difference, just makes these visits so worthwhile.

Pam, Lucy, and May

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Kearsarge Gateway Program

We have begun our 2017- 2018 visits at Kearsarge High School.
May and Lucy were excited when they heard “We’re going back to work”. Their ears stood up and all attention was on me to get going. Then away we road.

We have three students and probably more as the year progresses. Two new students from the Middle School, a boy that has some dogs of his own and couldn’t wait to work with the girls. The other student, a girl that wanted to watch and not ready to interact with the girls. But she did give Lucy a pat and I know she will warm up to the dogs once she sees more of them. A returning student, he really wanted to be back working with May and Lucy again this year so they were able to rearrange his schedule. He greeted us at the door and he was all smiles. The girls returned that smile by smiling with wagging tails.
For the first day we stayed in the classroom to have the students and dogs to get to know each other. Next visit we’ll start doing our walks in the hall and ball playing.

The girls and I are so excited to be back at the school with these great students.

Pam, Lucy, and May

Kearsarge Gateway Program

t was a long winter for May and Lucy, they hadn’t work with the students since Christmas break. Four months without me telling them “Girls we’re going to work today”. Every time I say those words the girl’s their ears perk up and they are heading for the door, waiting for the door to open and be on their way.

Not sure how they would be after being away so long, I was expecting to have to remind them of the rules. They came into the classroom like it was just last week they were there. They sniffed around as they are usually allowed to do, so they are familiar with the surrounding before we begin our activities. While the dogs were doing room check one of the students got a bowl of water for the dogs, then went into the bag of toys and treats and help get things set up for our time there.

The students were delighted to see the dogs back, as was May and Lucy. We left May to keep one student busy playing ball. Lucy walked the hallways of the school with 2 students. It was so good to have the students enjoying our visit and even greater to see how much the girls were glad to be back to work.

We are planning to make our visits every Monday morning until the end of the school year. Nice to have us all back on a schedule.

Pa, May and Lucy

Springfield, VT Adult Day Care

Good visit as always. Some people always tell us how it makes their day to see us.

Michael Shute

Kearsarge Gateway Program

Today we had only 2 students, which really worked well! We were able to give each student more attention and each student had their own dog. Our walk was very broken up by stops and visits into different classrooms. Usually this set the dogs and the students back, but with only 2 students it was a good exercise for the students and the dogs. I try to walk behind the students and let them direct the dogs, in what they want to have the dogs do. It’s important that I don’t speak and break the communication between the student and the dogs. Lucy often will look back to see if I’m still following along but it’s best I try not to say anything or she will break to listen for my commands. May doesn’t care if I’m following or not, she just loves exploring the hallways with anyone.

Pam, Lucy and May