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Pugsly the dog brings smiles to classroom

Posted at 11:00 AM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 12:10:50-05

Part beagle, part pug, 12-year-old "Pugsly" only has one job at Bellevue schools. 

"He's definitely emotional support," said Colleen Pribyl, a counselor in the Bellevue Public Schools district. 

Pribyl, a former teacher, became a counselor when the district began allowing therapy dogs.

Understanding its hard for kids to open up, Pugsly works at a confidante for them, lending his ear, offering a paw to lean and turning tears to smiles. But where emotions feel foreign, Pugsly reminds the students of something familiar, their own dogs at home.