"That's a big dog!"

Teacher Cathleen Montimurro and Chewbacca the dog shake hands.

Nearly 350 pounds of fluff delighted North Albany Middle School on March 10.

Chewbacca and Merlin, who are Leonbergers, and Bruno Mars, a Bernese Mountain dog, even donned Dr. Seuss hats for Read Across America Month.

Cathleen Montimurro’s sixth-graders learned about the breeds but also about the important work that therapy dogs do in schools, hospitals, airports and even private homes.

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