Jill sent me this update this week about Symi:
Symi continues to thrive. He is not the biggest border collie, the vet says he will be petite. He jumps in and out of the boot of the car now which is handy as he weighs in at 13.6kg and hefting him up in the boot was beginning to get quite an effort. School is now on holiday and I think he rather misses the pupils as they gave him so much attention. Dog training is progressing, but he would rather spend the time playing with his mate Hugo at lessons than walk at heel! He is now easy to take on a walk and runs his way around the forest chasing the rabbits.
I asked Jill to write a little bit more about Symi in school, as Jill is a science teacher and takes him into school with her each day. This is her reply:
Symi stays in my lab during the day. The children are allowed “Symi time” as they call it for about 5 mins at the end of lessons if they have worked hard, which is usually every time. They know not to tease him and take him out at break times to play with him. He loves the nursery children and next term it is planned to take him into the nursery on a regular basis, but I have held back as being a puppy occasionally he can get over-excited. Without doubt he has had a very positive effect in the school and every prospective parent and child is brought to see him. His favourite group is the y7s. He has also helped when I have had children who feel the whole world is against them and everyone hates them. While they are talking Symi will sidle up to them wanting to be stroked – superb therapy as I can say “see Symi loves you” they then have to agree.
As he calms down and is not so prone to wanting to tear round the school, he will go to other classrooms. He knows the cleaner’s name and will seek her out when I ask him to when we arrive at school. This is true of a whole group of work colleagues and friends.
I know what you mean about leaving the dogs I hate leaving him even for the day.
I hope Luna is doing well