When they weren't studying the basics of reading, writing and mathematics, Mrs. Dunne's students enjoyed frequent discussions on a less scholarly subject — her family's dog, Charlie. Though none of the kids ever met the 18-month-old golden retriever, they all adored him just the same.
"My mum was so excited by Charlie and loved telling everyone about him and showing them photos, including her class!" Lucie Dunne, the teacher's daughter, told The Dodo. "The kids often drew pictures of the dog for her and asked about him."
Sadly, though, the Dunne family was hit with some heartbreaking news.