Dog-napped pup visits kids

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Two cuties: PS 193 fifth-grader Joalta Vilsaint, 10, cuddles with Brooklyn during the dog’s visit to the school.
Cute little guy: Fifth-grader Zohab Mohammad, 11, gets his chance to meet the puppy.
Not just for the kids: Fifth-grade teachers Dianne Coluccio, left, and Stephanie Prucha hold Brooklyn the Yorkie.

Brooklyn goes to school!

The recovered Yorkshire terrier pup, Brooklyn, who was once dog-napped from a Flatbush Avenue pet shop, has become so popular that he was invited to visit a fifth-grade class at Midwood’s PS 193 on March 28.

“It went great,” said Dianne Coluccio, whose student’s were lucky enough to spend an afternoon with the famous pooch. “It was so much fun. The kids had a ball, the whole school had a ball — it was a great lesson.”

The visit stemmed from the school’s March monthly writing assignment, in which student’s were tasked with responding to a feature news article. In the case of Coluccio’s class, they were asked to respond to the Bay News’ coverage of Brooklyn’s dog-napping adventure.

However, after reading that David Dietz, the dog’s owner, was looking for someone to adopt the Yorkie, Coluccio found that her carefully selected assignment had taken a life of its own.

“We didn’t expect the assignment to go as far as it did,” said the teacher. “The class became really interested in Brooklyn, about who was going to take him and, so, we invited him to visit.”

Brooklyn wasn’t able to tell his story — he was too busy playing with the kids — but Dietz filled everyone in about the Yorkie’s adventure, and was happy to answer the class’s carefully prepared list of critical-thinking questions.

“It’s a fabulous story,” said fifth-grader Izayah Jean-Felix.

After bombarding Dietz with their witty questions, the kids were then asked to give suggestions on who the dog should be given to.

“You can give him to a family where the children need friends in their life,” was one helpful student’s tip.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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