Teddy, an emotional support poodle, explores his new environment at Morris Elementary School in Lenox. The puppy was donated by Lee Kohlenberger, owner of Berkshire Dogs Unleashed in Lenox, Berkshire Poodles in Pittsfield, and the forthcoming nonprofit corporation, Berkshire Comfort Dogs. Lenox Middle and High School also received a standard poodle with “service-quality” temperaments. The dogs will have a lot of training as they acclimate to the school environment. 

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Ben Garver has been photographing the Berkshire hills and people for The Eagle since 1994. In his spare time, Garver enjoys hiking and biking with his Australian cattle dog, Cheyenne.