Moira (school therapy dog)
Delivered by: Moira
‘Moira’ has lived with Mr Prendergast and his family since she was 8 weeks old. She is a service dog and very much a family dog. She has the right temperament to work with a wide range of children and adults within the school environment. Moira is a very caring and well behaved dog who absolutely loves coming into school.
We have a therapy dog because;
Dogs teach children responsibility. Having to remember to feed, provide water and show support for a dog can give children a sense of importance and satisfaction that they can’t get from school or other chores. The relationship that develops can be life- changing for a child and a great support system as they themselves continue to grow and develop.
Dogs teach children patience. Dogs do not always do as they are told first time!
Dogs teach children compassion. Just like humans, dogs feel emotion and pain. They are prone to injuries and the infirmities of age during their relatively short lives.
Dogs teach children about socialisation. Like most of us, dogs are social animals who enjoy and need attention and affection. By learning how to interact with a dog, children can learn how to better socialise with other children. If they can learn the social cues of a dog, then interacting with humans who can talk will be a walk in the park (pun intended).
Dogs are fun. Last, but certainly not least, dogs are a lot of fun. They greet you with a wagging tail every day and can cheer you up even on your worst day.