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It’s been a busy year for Daisy the school dog!
30 September 2018
It’s been a busy year for Daisy the school dog! It’s that time of year when school children are busy settling into their new school year and this is no exception for Daisy. As you will have seen from our previous stories of Daisy’s adventures (story 1 and story 2), Daisy is always busy helping the children at Hollywood Primary School.
Willows are very proud to sponsor Daisy - she is a very special dog who provides joy for many of the children and staff at the school. Our primary care team help Daisy stay healthy by providing free of charge health checks, preventative medicine like vaccinations and flea and worming treatment.
Here is just a snap shot of what Daisy has been up to at school and in her spare time!
Back in April Daisy had her very first train trip which she enjoyed a lot, so much so that she was so tired she fell asleep on the table when she got home.
The day after her train journey, Daisy popped by to Willows to pick up her worming medication and of course some fuss from the team.
Daisy was more than happy to come back and visit us again in July for her 6 month health check-up, she was in very good health and spirit as you can see here;
Daisy inspired a ‘Pets Got Talent’ Show in June, organised by Cathy Parkes (Deputy Head Teacher) who owns Daisy, with the help of Ms Ann Rose who organised all the certificates and technical side of things. The idea was inspired by Daisy who has been training since she was 8 weeks old (she is almost 2 now). Their trainer Charlotte Steele from My Happy Dog ets them attend all classes for free and they attended a 6 week course on ‘tricks’ so Daisy and Deputy Head Teacher Miss Parkes showed the children at Hollywood Primary School how to teach a few simple tricks. Charlotte Steele also gave up her time for free to teach a few tricks. The children had to teach their pet a trick and send in the clip. On the night each clip was played and then the 4 judges gave their feedback. The judges included Willows’ Assistant Nurse Manager, Claire Baber, along with Head Teacher – Simon Dix, Learning Mentor – Finbar O’Rourke and Dog Trainer – Charlotte Steele.
It was a fun packed night with some videos and a live performance from Daisy demonstrating tricks such as ‘Peekaboo’ at the halfway point. Miss Parkes said ‘I was so impressed with the standard of the training that our pupils had managed with their pets. It was lovely to see them using force free positive training methods with their animal’.
Daisy turned two in July and her classmates helped her celebrate in style with a very special party for the birthday girl.
During the summer months Daisy spent some well earnt down-time including a trip to the Ardnamurchan peninsular on the west coast of Scotland as well as investigating Grandmas’ pond, lovely walks and not-so-lovely rolling in cow pats!
Daisy has also become a winner in more ways than one! She has recently entered some fun dog shows and won rosettes for ‘Dog in the best condition’, 4th place for ‘Dog the Mayor would like to take home’ and 3rd place for ‘Prettiest Girl’. However most importantly she has been certified as a Canine Concern dog, so now as well as working in school, Daisy could visit care homes too and provide comfort there for those who need it.
After all that fun in the summer Daisy is back to school and loving life with her school friends, you can see just how much she enjoys it in the photo below.
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