Oh my gosh! We did it! We survived the first week of school! 🙂 This is typically a challenging week for teachers and students alike to adjust to new schedules and routines. Well, we threw in an extra curveball and added a dog to the mix – why not! Ha! Luna did FABULOUS at her “new job” this week. Actually, I have realized that I would love to be a therapy dog at a school for my next job. Luna gets cared for and everyone enjoys her company all day and then takes naps in her down time. What a fabulous life!
The first day of school we were able to be out in the front of the building meeting and greeting all our little Hough Hawks. Luna loved every minute of it until the very large, noisy, yellow thing pulled up and let a herd of kids out. The bus was quite frightening so she wanted to avoid it at all cost! We backed away from the bus drop off area though, and were able to gain our composure back and continue with our morning greetings. Phew!
We were able to show her off at our beginning of the school year assembly and the kids responded really well. We have a few rules around asking before petting and making sure Luna and I are not “on a mission” somewhere and nearly every child has been very respectful and responsible with those rules.
In all honesty, I didn’t know what to expect with Luna the first week. I didn’t know if she would need to go home mid-day, be anxious around so many kids or have a hard time settling down. It was all a mystery. She blew me away with her ability to really do her job in the face of a crazy first day of school. She has already helped some scared kindergarteners feel more comfortable entering the classroom, helped a kiddo who lost his great-grandpa this week and has been introduced to four classrooms full of students. (More on this experience in the next blog post!) We are really looking forward to getting into more classrooms this week.
Things students have said so far:
“I’m so glad we have a dog at Hough, it makes it easier for me to leave my puppy at home”
“Luna really does make me feel better!”
“Can Luna come check on me in a little bit?”
“We are so lucky to have a dog at school!”
“I’m so glad I go to Hough, we get to pet a dog!”
“I’m glad I get one more year at Hough so I can see Luna.”
Overall, the impact Luna has shown over just three days alone is priceless. She brings a special kind of “ju-ju” to Hough and I have a feeling this may be our best year yet!!
Until next time,