With a new school year, we also have something else that is new. A new school dog who will accompanying Murphy, and his name is Curly. He is also Murphy’s half-brother. Curly just Like Murphy is working at the school as an Educational Assistance Dog (EAD). Curly is a "Goldador"—a cross between a Labrador and golden retriever. He is 17 months old and will turn two in May.
Curly had to go through extensive training to get the position. Curly and Murphy’s job entails they provide support to the students by helping emotionally, such as with anxiety, cooperation, communitive skills, as well as reducing the acts of antisocial behavior. With all those responsibilities it is great Curly and Murphy are helping each other out to take care of their duties as EADs.
While at school, Curly can be found in Mrs. Rodriguez’ office, the school social worker, but on Wednesdays he can be found with Mrs. Stephanie Godfrey in her office. "Curly loves people and positive attention so he really enjoys making new friends" Godfrey says. As he goes on his walks, he can be seen wagging his tail and "smiling."
Curly's background shows just how determined this pup is. "Curly spent his first few months ill and isolated in a kennel. Therefore, he has a fear of loud noises and moving carts" Godfrey continues. Our lovely Curly has a severe case of pancreatitis. The pancreas produces enzymes to assist in food digestion and hormones such as insulin, which regulates blood sugar or glucose metabolism. The digestive enzymes are secreted into the small intestine, and the hormones enter the bloodstream. Curly is on a special diet and treat because of his condition.
"Once Curly found a home and full-time handler with in the EAD program, he was able to receive the treatment he needed to be healthy" says Godfrey. It's amazing to hear how Curly has grown from the small pup in need to now helping others in our school who need just as simple as company.
Aside from his job at the school, he loves to play in the courtyard with his half-brother. He also loves his sister Haven, who is a EAD at Saint Cloud Elementary School.
Please remember when Curly is in his vest he is working like other staff members on campus, so it is important to not yell his name nor pet him.