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Westport enrichment students go to the dogs

Westport sixth-grader Ellie Storey handles therapy dog Jessie as students from Lakeside School meet them.

Westport sixth-grader Ellie Storey handles therapy dog Jessie as students from Lakeside School meet them. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

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Elizabeth Stephens holds on to Bailey, a therapy dog, as a Lakeside school student pets.

— “It is a lot of work, but it was really fun,” Storey said. We learned about how to train the dogs to help others and what you need to do with a therapy dog.”

The students had fun presenting their story and research to the young students at the Lakeside School, and Satloff said that they were able to handle the dogs well in an outdoor environment.

“It was a great job for them to keep the dogs under control with the chipmunk that kept running around in front of them,” she said.

“The dogs were really good and I was glad that we were able to do this outside with the children,” Schwoebel said. “It was really fun.”

“I think they learned what dogs need and how to approach them,” Storey said.

“I am so excited to do this again,” Stephens added.

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Malynda Lobdell and Elizabeth Stephens talk to Lakeside School students about dog safety.

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Taylor Gough and Hannah Schwoebel talk to Lakeside School students about dog safety.

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Ellie Storey and Pipiena Malafu talk to Lakeside School students about dog safety.

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