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Therapy Dog at Pocomoke Schools Looking to Make Positive Impact

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POCOMOKE CITY, Md.- One four-legged friend is making a big impact on students in Pocomoke City schools. 

Gordon, is a 10-year-old rescued, Italian greyhound who loves to give hugs.

Cute, soft, small, and cuddly are only some of the words used by the students to describe Gordon.

It's clear the kids love him, but he also means a lot to the staff.

"It's nice to come to work and actually be able to go spend some time with gordon, because dogs just make me happy, it's definitely a stress reliever," said Teresa Olenchick, English language learners teacher at Pocomoke Elementary School.

Ironically, Gordon belongs to Jill Dillon, a psychologist for the Pocomoke School District.

Dillon rescued Gordon after both of his owners passed.

"I learned about the Italian greyhound breed and they're just so calming and relaxing and I just knew right from the start that he would be a great asset to the school system," said Dillon.

And she wasn't wrong.

"A lot of our students like to work towards having time with him to walk him, or to take him outside, so that helps promote good behavior," said Olenchick.

But it's not just about promoting good behavior, Gordon serves a much bigger life purpose.

"We've had children who ask for Gordon, to take him for a walk around the school when they've had a really good day, we've had children ask for him when they're feeling upset, and they just want some down time to sit on my couch and cuddle with him, and they tell me, 'I feel so much better now that I've seen Gordon,'" said Dillon.

Gordon received his therapy dog certification through the organization "Pets on Wheels Delmarva."

To find out how you can certify your pet, click here.

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