Working dog retires from school career

Posted February 17, 2012

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— Coopers Elementary School in Elm City said farewell to a very special member of its staff Friday. Zeus, the reading therapy dog, retired after 10 years of service to teachers and students.

During his tenure with the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Zeus inspired hundreds of children to read to him. 

On Friday, he celebrated with cake, and a pile of retirement gifts was donated to a local shelter in his name.

The school will create a scholarship fund his honor.


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  • fatkatts2 Feb 21, 2012

    what a wonderful story.

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  • iheartralmas Feb 20, 2012

    What a wonderful example of how a dog rescued from a shelter can change lots of lives! Zeus was adopted from a shelter and trained as a reading therapy dog. He will be missed by everyone of us! Hats off to the woman that had the heart to rescue this dog 10 years ago....For in return, he rescued many of us!

  • wigalean Feb 17, 2012

    Zeus: We will miss you here at Coopers Elementary!!!! You were so good to the children for so long!!! I know that you will also miss us but now it's time for you to rest at home. We love you Zeus!!!

  • boysrcd3 Feb 17, 2012

    Zeus was a very special dog! all my children loved him, sad to say the last one wont get to see him at school but the other two had the privledge of being in his presense, We cried today It's a sad day to see him go but he well deserves his retirement! We will for ever love him and will miss seeing his dear face at school! WE LOVE YOU ZEUS!!!