Sylvi began her reception at the Kuopio City Library in January 2014 when she was two years old. Because there was no official training program for reading dogs in Finland, Sylvi and her owner, Lissu, went through the R.E.A.D.® program online and by mail. Sylvi has been attending obedience classes since she was a puppy and thus has a solid basis for therapy work.
A popular family pet, Dachshunds
are one of the most popuar hounds in America.
The word Dachshund means “Badger Dog,” and they were developed in Germany to dig underground looking for badgers and other animals. Sylvi is a miniature wirehaired dachshund. Dachshunds come in two sizes, standard and miniature, and three coat varieties: smooth, which is short and shining; long, which is sleek and sometimes slightly wavy; and wire, which is tight and thick with a finer undercoat. This breed is typically bold, curious, and ready for an adventure. They are also considered clever, entertaining, and affectionate, and Sylvi is no exception. Children just love reading to Sylvi, and she enjoys listening to them.
Although the photos of Sylvi on this page are excellent, you can see her in action in videos posted on the National Library Channel. Again, the text is Finnish, but the happiness needs no translation. The most recent video is "Sylvi Meets a Mammoth," from a trip to a museum. Other videos show her choosing favorite books and showing off special tricks. Click the link to see Sylvi on the National Library Channel.