A THERAPY dog is being remembered for his "beautiful and loving" nature after he supported pupils in their time at school.

Alfie, a labrador who worked as a therapy dog for 13 years in schools across Slough, and Bucks, and in the past few years in Ryvers School, Langley.

The primary school, on Trelawney Avenue, Langley, saw students chat to him, give him a hug and walk off their emotions.

And special needs pupils were helped with their speech and language.

Royal Borough Observer:

Pete Rowe, executive headteacher of Ryvers School, said: “It has been really hard over the last few days.

“I've been constantly reminded of what an amazing chap he was and how fortunate we have been to know him.”

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Alfie interacted with around 5,000 youngsters throughout his time working as a therapy dog.

Messages came flooding in over the past few days from staff, parents and students sending their condolences.

One parent said: “It's such sad news and although it is a great loss to the children and community of Ryvers, it doesn't compare to the loss that you, yourself, must be feeling.”

Another commented: “He's left a lasting impression and paw prints in the hearts of us and our children.”

Royal Borough Observer: Pupils gave Alfie hugs and spoke to him when they needed support. Picture: Ryvers SchoolPupils gave Alfie hugs and spoke to him when they needed support. Picture: Ryvers School

One other parent said: “As a furry member of your family, he was lucky to have you as an owner and achieved something very special which few dogs could have done.”

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A Ryvers School staff member said: "Beautiful and loving Alfie - thousands of people's lives were enhanced by knowing him."

School pupils shared their thoughts and one year four students said: “I am so sorry Alfie has gone as I loved him so much and he gave me back lots of love.”

Another added: “We will never forget all the fun times, right? He calmed people down, made others happy and protected us all.

“He was a good dog.”

Royal Borough Observer: A letter from one of the pupils, Enzo, to Mr Rowe. Picture: Ryvers SchoolA letter from one of the pupils, Enzo, to Mr Rowe. Picture: Ryvers School

A Just Giving page will soon be set up where all donations will go towards creating a therapy room in his memory.