A therapy dog at Davis Park Elementary has been on school counselor Katrina Doty’s wish list since she first read “Whistle for Willie” by Ezra Jack Keats to first graders a few years ago. She recognized then how a dog could aide in student reading, attendance and overall behavior.
But therapy dogs can be expensive to purchase and train. Because most fundraisers have all but gone to the wayside since the COVID-19 pandemic, Doty figured it would be years before the school could afford one.
Thanks to a couple of good Samaritans and a grant from United Way of the Wabash Valley’s Youth Success Impact Council, Tucker, the Goldendoodle, is now the unofficial head of the guidance department.
Goldendoodles are a