Kids find a fluffy friend in Finley the labradoodle, an Iowa elementary school’s first therapy dog

Finley, a 5-month-old labradoodle, patrols the hallways of Mulberry Elementary with his trainer, eager to greet students. He wags his tail wildly and stops to smell a row of snow boots near one of the classrooms.
His trainer, Lindsay Welsch, tugs at his leash.
“Come on, Finley,” she says.
A second later, Finley turns his attention to a girl in a pink coat and matching hat.
Her face lights up.
“Finley!” she greets him warmly.
Finley positions his head near her hand, dutifully awaiting a petting. The girl obliges.
Finley is Mulberry Elementary’s first therapy dog, and one of his many jobs is to help students cope with sadness or anxiety.

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