In Glasgow, Scotland a teacher named Mrs. Dunne teaches primary school. Her glass is full of eight and nine year old students who love their teacher very much. As luck would have it, however, it was those children who taught their teacher about the impact of kindness. Mrs. Dunne teaches her students about a variety of subjects like mathematics, reading, and writing. But when they are not in the throes of an educational conversation, Mrs. Dunne and her students loved to talk about something else: her dog Charlie. While none of the children had ever met him in person, her students just loved Charlie, an eighteen month old golden retriever.
Mrs. Dunne would tell stories about Charlie and even show the class photos of his sweet face and video of his antics. The children would often ask about Charlie or even draw pictures of him to give to their teacher. However, something terrible happened and Mrs. Dunne and her family got news that Charlie had a malignant growth in his chest. They took him to get medical help right away, but the tumor was too advanced and was pressing against his heart. The prognosis was grim and sadly, the family had to let Charlie go, despite his young age.
Mrs. Dunne and her family were devastated that they had to make that choice and when she returned to her classroom, she decided to tell the students about Charlie. The students were so sad to hear the news, but one student named Callum decided to do something to help his teacher. He asked the teacher for paper and wrote her a sweet note about Charlie, talking about what a wonderful dog he was and telling her that he was special and is now in a better place. Losing a pet is always difficult, but Mrs. Dunne says the kindness and love shown by Callum and his fellow students has helped her and her family through such a difficult time.