A teacher comforts a random puppy who wandered around during class
This is Karine Ribeiro. She teaches English in a high school in Brazil.
But earlier this week, her students got a surprise lesson about something else.
Ribeiro taught them what kindness looks like.
On Tuesday, Ribeiro was walking into the classroom where her students were gathered when she noticed a random dog was also there. Assuming the dog hadn’t joined the class to learn a new language, she asked her students if the pup belonged to one of them.
“They said, ‘No,'” Ribeiro told The Dodo. “When I saw her, looking lost, my mother-dog instinct kicked in.”
Rather than expel the class-crushing pup, Ribeiro did just the opposite.
To comfort the little dog, she took her in her arms. Then she started the day’s lesson, barely missing a beat.
“I thought, ‘What if it was one of my dogs?!’ I would like her to be kissed!” Ribeiro said. “She was very calm, she seemed to like the situation.
One of Ribeiro’s students took these photos of their teacher and their pup to share with her later.
After class, Ribeiro was able to solve the mystery surrounding where the dog came from. It turns out that she had accompanied a student from another class to school that day, but was in the wrong room. Soon she and her rightful owner were reunited.
While Ribeiro’s students will no doubt remember the day the puppy joined their class as a funny memory from school, she hopes it will continue as something more impactful as well.
“I adopted two dogs that were living on the street as soon as I moved here,” Ribeiro said. “I always love to teach that we need to show care, empathy and respect for companion animals, especially the homeless.”