Meet Lucky, the 3-Legged Puppy Who Became a Therapy Dog for Schoolchildren
Christy Gardner got help training the school therapy pup from her own service dog, Moxie.
Lucky is finally getting his chance to make a difference. Earlier this year, the three-legged pup completed his training to become a certified therapy dog. Now, he’s helping students and staff alike at a Maine elementary school.
Canine in the Classroom
After he graduated from training in December—and passed all four of his training evaluations on the first try (no small feat, since becoming a therapy dog can take many months of training and behavioral tests)—Lucky was placed at Leeds Central School in Maine. As the elementary school’s certified therapy dog, Lucky is available to anyone at school who simply needs a little TLC.
Danielle Harris, the school’s principal, notes that the tripawd is quite popular amongst the staff and students. Before the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the school to online learning, Lucky came to school every day and spent time with both students and teachers. He was a calming presence for students in the halls and classrooms, and would sit with students while they read aloud to him. “Lucky is a great listener!” Harris notes.
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