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Therapy dog Bayley brings love, licks and purpose to students at Rose Hill

March 27, 2020

 

Bayley, a 5-year-old, 57-pound mixed breed — part fox terrier and part boxer — spends most school days working alongside Geist at Rose Hill.

“Bayley has taken to her job with pure joy. The children love her and she loves them,” said Geist, who also has taught at Baldwin and French Run elementary schools during her 31 years with the district.

Although in her first year of service, Bayley has become part of the school. Visitors to Geist’s class are offered treats to take back to Bayley upon checking in at the front office.

“Oh, you’re here to see Bayley,” school secretary Susan Lawrence said while opening a drawer and grabbing a bag of dog snacks. “She’ll love it if you bring her a couple.”

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