Meet our School Dogs
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In Memory - 2000 - May 26th 2014
Laya was an integral part of Dogs Helping Kids since it's inception. Laya was a very, very, special dog and DHK would not be where it is today without her unique loveable character, empathy for children and how intuitive she was to teenage moods. Laya started working in schools in 2002 and officially retired in February 2012. She always worked until she got a smile out of the most withdrawn child/teenager. Laya was a dog in a million - Dogs Helping Kids is her legacy and she is hugely missed by all who knew her, especially her owner Tracey, Founder of D.H.K.
Laya was a Certified Visiting and Educational School Dog and also specialised in working with and helping teenagers. Upon retirement in 2012, Laya attended all School & Charity Meetings, Teachers Workshops and Talks with Tracey.
Laya helped design all the DHK Assessments.
During her 11 years of officially working as a DHK Ceritified School Dog, Laya visited and worked in over 40 schools in the North Devon area. She also interacted with teenagers from the North Devon College for many years where she helped and worked with SEBD teenagers. Laya loved to visit North Devon Schools where she helped to educate thousands of children on how to stay safe around dogs, responsible dog ownership and kind dog training methods. Laya loved nothing more than cuddles from children and this was her joy in life, even in retirement!