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A trusted furry friend is making regular visits to Diss Primary School to offer dog therapy to its students.

Riley, a two-year-old golden retriever, has been visiting the school fortnightly since February and has become a cherished reading companion to the children in the school’s special education Cherry class.

“Riley brings many benefits to the pupils, including being able to relax and calm the class,” said Jo Cerullo, who is the executive headteacher of Diss Primary Academy Partnership.

Pictured from left: Tommy, Caleb, Tyler and Benjamin, with Riley the dog Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.
Pictured from left: Tommy, Caleb, Tyler and Benjamin, with Riley the dog Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

“He is the perfect reading buddy for our children.”

The main purpose of the visits is to make the children feel at ease and enjoy their reading sessions whilst in the company of Riley.

Year 3 student Tyler said of Riley: “He’s nice. I like to stroke him and give him treats.”

Xavier, who is also in Year 3, added: “Riley is cute and I really like reading to him.”



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