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Student therapy dog 'Landon' is making a difference at Chico schools

An unusual staff member who’s in the Bidwell Jr. High yearbook is making his rounds at other schools in Chico.

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 4:49 PM

CHICO, Calif. – An unusual staff member who’s in the Bidwell Jr. High yearbook is making his rounds at other schools in Chico.

Now when students at Emma Wilson Elementary think of their school's mascot, they think of Landon Bishop.

Landon is a working therapy dog for special ed students but interacts with any student who needs him.

Landon is known for signing yearbooks with his paw print. Niculina Archer is a volunteer and said Landon also dresses up on holidays.

One-fourth grader, Katelyn Gallegos said she thinks therapy dogs help students focus better in school.

"Every school should have therapy dogs because they comfort people and schools might make children happy and it might be easier to learn when they are happier,” Archer said. “This is my first time actually ever having a therapy dog and it’s really nice for me to have him because it just makes me smile when I see him."

Terry Bishop is Landon's owner and is an aid for Special Ed. Bishop said that Landon helps students express their feelings without having to force it.

On Valentine’s Day, Landon will be handing out Valentine’s cards with his paw print on them.

Bishop said Landon comes to the Elementary school on Monday and Wednesday.

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