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Students say goodbye to school's beloved therapy dog

Posted at 10:00 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 22:00:18-04

INDIANAPOLIS — There's nothing like the love between kids and a dog, and on Friday, some local students said goodbye to a very special friend and ensured people will benefit from his memory.

The kids at George W. Carver Montessori School 87 held a memorial service for their beloved therapy dog, Bodhi.

The dog recently died and he is greatly missed at the school.

To make sure Bodhi is never forgotten, the school's students, families and staff pulled together enough money to help cover the cost of training a new therapy dog for someone else.

Having a therapy dog at the school has proven to be a priceless asset.

"If a kiddo has a not-so-good home life, kids can come in and talk to the dog, tell them what's going on at home, let them know, while the whole time the counselor and teachers are listening so they understand what the child is going through, to help them get through it," Sandy Holubik of the Indiana Canine Assistance Network said.

The school also plans to plant a tree in Bodhi's honor and install a memorial marker. When Thomas Monument Company heard the kids wanted to create the memorial marker, the company said it would provide one at no cost.

The Indiana Canine Assistance Network is working to get a new dog for the school.