Born in 2011, Gabriel is a mixed breed of Shih-Tzu and Poodle, sometimes affectionately called a "Shih-Poo." He was named after Gabriel, the "Angel of Good News" in the Bible. Gabriel weighs about 25 pounds, which is a good size to be small enough to sit on someone’s lap but large enough to handle lots of little hands petting him. Because of the poodle in him, he has hair, not fur. This means he does not shed nor does he have dander, so people with allergies are usually not affected by his presence.
Looks like Gabriel also wants to see
the pictures in the book.
Gabriel began puppy classes when he and his owner, Donna, lived in Florida and he was just 4 months old. Eager to please and quick to learn, he soon progressed to obedience and on to agility classes. This amazing youngster started his career as a therapy dog around the time of his first birthday! He quickly took to his role of therapy dog and acts very serious when he wears his working vest. He seems to know his job is to put smiles on people's faces.
Gabriel shows off his "high five,"
which he does with children when they've
finished reading to him.
Donna commented that when taking Gabriel out on therapy visits, she found that this mix of dog breeds seems to be naturally drawn to children. She does not have any little children around her house, but when they were out in the public Gabriel would approach children calmly and carefully, wanting the child to pet and play with him. Since he had a natural affinity for children, Donna thought he would be a good R.E.A.D.® partner.
Halloween is always fun.
Gabriel's bat outfit includes wings and a hat with ears and the football outfit has a helmet and sock tennis shoes .
Football season? He's a winner!
Gabriel is real ham and easily poses for the camera. He proudly walks around in full costume visiting nursing homes and school, especially during halloween. He loves the attention from adults and children alike.