Happiness is having something to look forward to.
 
All-Around READing Dogs
Finland ~ "Sylvi"  

Wirehaired Dachshund peeking out from under a book at the library.

This girl can't help it--after all,
a Dachshund's long, low body is perfect for
moving freely within tunnels!

Sylvi eagerly looks forward to upcoming reading sessions, and she is always happy to meet any reader. Sometimes she even likes to climb against a bookshelf in order to paw-pick some books together with a young reader, which the children find pretty cute.

This wirehaired Dachshund is helping to pick out a book at a library in Finland.<empty>

A hunter at heart, Sylvi can help
find a perfect book.

Quite the social media pro, Sylvi keeps busy with her own Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/lukukoirasylvi), blog (kuonokirjassa.blogspot.com), and instagram site (@lukukoirasylvi). If you don’t read Finish, there is s "translate" option on most browsers, and if not, you can still enjoy the wonderful photos of Sylvi at work in her official R.E.A.D. bandana.

Books about Dachshunds include:

101 Uses For A Dachshund, by Willow Creek Press
Harlow & Sage (and Indiana): A True Story About Best Friends, by Brittni Veg
How Dachshunds Came to Be: A Tall Tale About a Short Long Dog, by Kizzie Elizabeth Jones
Pretzel, by H. A. Rey

 

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.

This child is reading to a wirehaired Dachshund in Finland. o

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.

 

     
 
 
 
 

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