So, going to use this forum as something of a therapy session, giving an insight into the goings on I witness weekly and always asking the same questions - is it me that's mad or is this all actually quite normal?! Been a while since I experienced 'normal' so just want to check! Dogs. Do teachers bring dogs into your school? Like, just pets. Not guides, or specially trained pooches for theraputic reasons. Head has apparently told some staff members who have asked that they can't bring a dog in (these staff did not yet currently have a dog, but were thinking of getting one!) More on HT later, but this to me seems like one of his more sensible decisions. However, one member of staff regularly brings a dog in, and another has just got one, whom now seems to be resident in the classroom daily and is often walked at breaks by pupils, age range 10-12. This all seems bonkers to me. Kids who are allergic/afraid should surely not be subject to a dog, on the whim of a staff member who doesn't have a dog-sitter?! It is a workplace. I like these people personally by the way, but feel it is a sign of the current climate (shambolic, lacking in leadership etc etc) that usually clear-headed people are losing the plot! And the head either probably hasn't a foggy about it, or is choosing to ignore it. This is more likely though, since he himself walks his own pet round, minus a lead, and has been known to enter the canteen at supper time, faithful friend in tow! Or maybe it's just me. Anyway, I feel better after that. Any thoughts greatly appreciated! Until the next installment - trust me, I am not short on material!