Puppies bring out the best in kids

Saturday June 27, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Apii Te Uki Ou teacher Brittany Reekie with pupil Wesley Trego, 6, and a 5-week old puppy. 20062513 Apii Te Uki Ou teacher Brittany Reekie with pupil Wesley Trego, 6, and a 5-week old puppy. 20062513

There’s a saying in showbiz, never work with small children or animals.

Well, this week the two came together when the year 1 and 2 classes from Apii Te Uki Ou visited the Ministry of Agriculture and Te Are Manu veterinary clinic.

Wesley Trego, 6, is autistic and, his mum Maryann says, and he used to be quite rough. But in the past year he’s spend more time with animals and has become gentler.

“He’s mellowed down,” Maryann Pukeiti says. “He’s not so rough, for him. He’s been visiting the horses up Turangi Valley too – he responds really well to animals.

“He was very happy with the puppies this week. He’s hinting – he wants one now!”

Te Uki Ou’s pupils met two five-week-old puppies, who had been brought in after their mother was found by SPCA with severe fish poisoning.

At first they were returned to their owners, but a week later each of the five puppies had lost 400g and their mum was sicker than ever – so Te Are Manu took them in.

All five puppies have now been fostered out – these last two bundles of fur to staff at the neighbouring Ministry of Agriculture.

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