Mastiff serves as therapy dog at Virginia elementary school

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Move over Clifford the Big Red Dog, elementary school children at one school in Virginia have a real-life version, a 200-pound therapy dog named Gabe.

The Mastiff serves as a therapy dog at River Bend Elementary School in Rockingham County.

Students write letters to Gabriel about why they need extra time with the massive canine.

If they’re chosen, they get to spend some one-on-one time with the gentle giant.

“It’s just changed everything. They come back ready and reset and relaxed and just more at peace with being with themselves after being with him.”

Gerri Ziegler, River Bend Elementary School Teacher

Beyond his duties as “man’s best friend,” Gabe also teaches students important lessons about responsibility when they get him water and take him for walks.


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