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Students surprise teacher with pop quiz to help her find her dream dog

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After she graduated college and accepted a job as a middle school teacher in Oklahoma, Emily Gray wanted to accomplish one more thing.

“In college, she always had roommates and lived in rental houses where owning a dog was not feasible,” Gray’s sister, Caroline Sutton, shared with The Dodo. “Now that she’s on her own and has a schedule that will accommodate it, she’s beyond ready to adopt!”

Gray is close with her students and one day, her plan slipped out.

“She has a very close relationship with her students,” Sutton said. “They really love and respect her as a teacher because she genuinely cares about each and every one of them.”

“She had just casually mentioned adopting a dog in class because she knows a lot of her students have pets and love dogs like she does, and they took that and ran with it,” Sutton continued.

Her students were very excited to help their teacher find the perfect dog but Gray did not expect them to be as invested as they were.

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The next day, when Gray walked into her classroom the next day, she discovered a multiple choice questionnaire on her desk.

Gray usually gives out the pop quizzes and so when she saw the sheet of paper, she was caught by surprised.

The quiz was divided into 19 different questions identifying what she was looking for in a dog and how an animal would fit into her lifestyle.

The questions ranged from, “Do you need a hypoallergenic dog?” as well as “Do you want your dog to have a friendly wagging tail?”

The kids spent a lot of time on the test and Gray was very proud of her pupils.

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“It meant the world to her and she couldn’t believe they had done all that work to help her,” Sutton said. “It was just so pure and thoughtful and, to me, it really made me so proud of my sister because it shows the impact she has made on these kids’ lives that they were willing to do something like that for her. I thought it was just amazing.”



Gray then received her results after filling out the questionnaire:

The students then gave her breed descriptions for a Labradoodle as well as border collie, with the final page reading:

“Don’t forget about mutts!”

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But after careful planning as well as assessment — the perfect dog cannot always be identified with a test result.

Quickly after Gray completed the quiz — a fellow teacher at the school gave her a proposition.

Her older neighbors were looking to re-home their 2-year-old dog, Buddy and she wanted to know if Gray would be able to give him a forever home.

It only took a quick meeting with Buddy to convince Gray the pup was the one she had been looking for.

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She quickly texted her sister with the news, saying:

“I came and met [him] today and fell in love. He’s neutered, house-trained, crate-trained, shots updated and an absolute doll,” she texted.

I think it is safe to say the students will pass the class with flying colors!

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