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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for parents, the kids, not so much. It’s hard to believe that its school time for many kids around the country. It just seems like Summer started yesterday.

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Sleeping In, Challenged by Kids and Dogs

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When you have a kid or a dog its hard to sleep in. Their schedule is your schedule. It’s all good though. You love them and want them to be happy. A kid will wanna get up and play, same with the dog. Kids also enjoy watching TV and eating. Cats however, seem to be a little more independent.

We don’t have kids but we do have a 85lb dog who when the sun comes up starts looking over the neighborhood to see his dominion. He will bark at other dogs in the hood and strange things we don’t see but he does.

So as you see sleeping in on a Saturday or any other day for that matter is hard.

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From surfing to sniffing out cancer, what can’t dogs do? Now, USA Today reports that a number of school programs across the country are using dogs to teach kids empathy and compassion in an effort to help curb school bullying. 

“The animals are the glue that helps the children stay focused and understand the message,” says Jo Dean Hearn, an ex-teacher who developed the program. “Children can easily identify with an animal. And it’s easy for them to transition when we ask them to consider how an animal feels (if ill treated) to how the kid sitting near them feels (if poorly treated).”

The best part? The programs seem to work.

Photo: Robin Nelson/ZUMA Press/Corbis