Rosstulla teacher and pupil petting Poppy the school dog
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Pupils find out how they can benefit from their new school dog

7 April 2014 Last updated at 11:22 BST

It is not unusual for a school to have a mascot but a school in Newtownabbey has become the first in Northern Ireland to have a school dog.

Pupils and teachers from Rosstulla School in Jordanstown have been talking about the experience of having a school pet and the benefits it can have for the whole school community.