Gayman Elementary School Students Pay it Forward for a Special Friend

Gus, a Roxy Therapy Dog, is a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Amy Bullard’s fourth grade class at Gayman Elementary School.

The stu­dents love their vis­its from Gus, an 11‐year‐old pug that is 20 lbs. of love and per­son­al­i­ty. The stu­dents read to Gus, as he lis­tens with rapt atten­tion, “It’s is a true high­light of his day,” said Gus’s own­er, Roxy vol­un­teer Bev Seltzer.

Mrs. Bullard's Class and Gus, the Therapy Dog

Mrs. Bullard’s class with Gus the Roxy Therapy Dog

Gus and Seltzer have been a part of the Roxy pro­gram for eight years, notes Sharon Fleck, pres­i­dent of Roxy Therapy Dogs, “Gus is very ‘paws on,’” Fleck said, “He loves to sit as close to his kids as he can, even if that means sit­ting on their desk right in front of their face!”

Fleck describes Gus as “…a lit­tle pup dis­guised as a dis­tin­guished gen­tle­man with his grey muz­zle.”

But as Gus grew old­er, Bullard and her class noticed that the years were tak­ing a toll on Gus. He was hav­ing a hard time on the slip­pery floors, and it was tak­ing him longer and longer to make the walk from the office to her class. 

To help Gus and so that we would get to class quick­er, I would car­ry him down,” Seltzer explained, “He loves going to school so much!”

By the time I would get to class, I was out of breath from car­ry­ing my baby who want­ed more than any­thing to be with the chil­dren,” Seltzer explained.

Gayman’s school theme is kind­ness and we are always try­ing to find ways to ‘pay it for­ward,’” Bullard said, “We want­ed to come up with a spe­cial way to show Gus and Miss Bev how much we appre­ci­ate their ded­i­ca­tion to our class­room.”

Bullard and her class had a class meet­ing in February and decid­ed togeth­er that the stu­dents would earn mon­ey to put toward a stroller for Gus.  For the first two weeks of the month, Bullard’s stu­dents set tables, emp­tied dish­wash­ers, and took out the trash to earn $2 each.  “The mon­ey kept com­ing in along with some great sto­ries about ways they earned it,” Bullard said.

Finally, the stu­dents reached their goal and the class placed the order on

Gus the Roxy Therapy Dog

Gus in his new stroller!

Amazon. “Seeing Miss Bev push Gus down the hall for the first time in his new stroller was the hap­pi­est moment for my kids,” Bullard recalled.

This class is a very spe­cial one for Gus, and we will cher­ish their kind­ness for­ev­er!” Seltzer exclaimed. 

Gus and Miss Bev bring us such hap­pi­ness.  It was only right to make their lives a bit eas­i­er too,” Bullard added.