Learning at BCR, a school for the developmentally disabled, on Monday took on a furry form with students learning about determination and compassion from someone who knows the daily challenges that come with disabilities.
Daisy, a greyhound-Dalmatian mix, took center stage during the adult day activity program where students crowded around to shake her paw. The 2-year-old dog was born blind and deaf, leaving her with only the sense of touch and smell for guidance.
"Many of [the students] have animals at home," said Lonna Grant, executive director of BCR. "But Daisy is a special needs animal. It is very special. We were excited to have them come."
Studio City residents Bruce Mead and Maryam Faresh adopted Daisy last year after seeing her picture at the C&C Pet Food store in Burbank. She had been given up twice, first by her birth family and then by a foster family.
Blind and deaf, it was difficult to gain her trust, Faresh said.