Children at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, Carisbrooke, have a new member of their school – an Australian Labradoodle – and the children are said to be delighted.

The puppy – named ‘Cookie’ by the children – has joined the school community as a therapy dog to support the children with their emotional needs.

Headteacher, Maggie Sanderson, said:

“The children are absolutely delighted by the arrival of Cookie, he’s created a real buzz around the school.”

“Dogs are well-known for their willingness to provide unconditional love and companionship, and we hope that Cookie can bring these attributes to our children when they are in need of a bit of extra help.”

Emily (Carisbrooke Vet) and Cookie

The school says it is “hugely grateful” to Green, Roberts & Butler, the Carisbrooke Vets, who have agreed to look after Cookie’s health needs and Ability Dogs 4 Young People who are assisting with Cookie’s training as a therapy dog.

Carol Court from charity Ability Dogs 4 Young People said:

“We are pleased to be able to support the school with Cookie’s training. Therapy dogs can really boost young people’s well-being, confidence and self-esteem, helping them to reach their potential.”

The school is now collecting milk bottle tops to give to Ability Dogs 4 Young People which enables the charity to raise money through recycling the lids.