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Meet Our Care Dog, Jess

Mrs Klymyszyn and Jess the care dog

A former rescue dog owned by Chaplaincy Assistant Mrs Kay Klymyszyn, has become the newest member of staff at St Paul’s Catholic School.  Jess has joined the school as its new care dog and will initially be spending one day a week visiting students and staff to help with their wellbeing.

After seeing a friend who works at Milton Keynes Hospital interviewing therapy dogs and their owners, Mrs Klymyszyn thought that Jess, who has a composed and confident nature, might make a good care dog for St Paul’s.  She suggested this to St Paul’s Headteacher, Mrs Hoarty and to the school’s SENCO, Mrs Tingey, who both thought it would be a great idea.

Before joining the school Jess was assessed by Canine Concern, a charity that works to provide care dogs for individuals and for schools, workplaces, hospitals and residential homes.  The assessor looked at how Jess was with dogs and people and how she reacted to noises and new environments.  Jess passed her assessment with flying colours and is officially registered and insured through Canine Concern, sporting their official bandana and identity badge when she is ‘at work’.

Jess has been spending time with students in the school’s Learning Support Base where she helps add to the calm and supportive atmosphere in there.  Mrs Klymyszyn said:  “Jess has settled in really well at the school and she has been very well received by the students and staff who have met her.  People have told me how much they look forward to her weekly visits and I think Jess is really enjoying it too.”

Mrs Klymyszyn got Jess in 2015 from Appledown Rescue and Rehoming Kennels in Eaton Bray.  In that time Jess’s life has transformed from being an abandoned puppy to growing into a much loved family pet and, now, a valued care dog.

Pupil with Jess the care dog

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