There is a growing movement in many primary schools to introduce the concept of school pets as a way of teaching all children responsibility, as well as providing a source of pleasure and learning. Research shows that many children who find reading practice difficult are more willing and able to read to the non-judgemental audience of an animal than they are to a human being. Therapy animals are similarly being used as a source of comfort and relaxation for children who may need someone to talk to or just someone who will accept them and offer comfort or a calming influence in their lives. There is much evidence that children who struggle with relationships or with managing their own emotions gain a great deal from spending time with an animal. We are lucky to have our resident rabbit Patch who the children enjoy coming to visit during their day in school.