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Ghost visits RES
RUMFORD- Students in Lyn Newell’s first grade class at Rumford Elementary School were thrilled Monday to have a visit from Ghost and his human, Dawn Elliot-Johnson. You see, Ghost is the only AKC registered therapy dog in New England, and he’s also a member of the Tail Waggin Tutor Program.
“He was meant to do this,” stated Elliot-Johnson. “I started by taking him to visit the elderly in nursing homes when he was just little and he loved it.”
On Monday, Ghost took a few moments to show off for the students with a few tricks. He showed students how he could bow, take a nap, do a happy dance, as well as give high five.
While one student to a time read to Ghost, others were picking out which book they wanted to read to him, and others worked on creating a book with Dalmatian facts and drawing their own pictures for illustration.
“I picked out Magpie’s Baking Day,” noted one excited little boy. While he doesn’t have a dog at home, but noted that his neighbor does, he was very excited to get up close with Ghost.
“I read him Bingo’s Birthday,” stated Colby Frisbie. “He snuggled right to me. It was cool.”
When asked if he’s ever read to a pet before, Frisbie laughed, “Yeah, I read to my Lyndsay all the time and she really listens. She loves I Spy.” Frisbie couldn’t wait to get home to read to her.
Ghost is a champion show dog and has traveled the country to perform in trials. He will be headed for St. Louis in a couple weeks to challenge those dogs seeking to show him up.