Maggie is a Golden Retriever, a breed known to be eager, alert, and self-confident. They are among the most popular breeds in America and are familiar faces from numerous media spots, including the movie Air Bud and the TV show Full House. Liberty, a Golden Retriever, was First Dog when President Ford was in office, and she later gave birth to the First Litter of 9 puppies.
Maggie visited wherever there were
childen and books.
Members of Pawsitive Pets in Jacksonville, Florida, Maggie and her partner, Linda, visited places such as Barnes & Noble in the St. Johns Town Center, the Juvenile Detention Center, the Maxville Branch Library, the Main Library, and many other community libraries and facilities.
Looks like Maggie enjoyed the colorful pictues
as much as the story.
Therapy dogs are a tremendous help in making reading a fun activity. Often children who are otherwise very shy will practice reading aloud to a dog. Some youngsters have said they don't even look forward to school being out for the summer because then they won't have Maggie to read to. One of the most important steps in helping children become good readers is getting them to look forward to reading.
Maggie's 13th birthday.
On March 13, 2012, Maggie got to spend her 13th birthday with her special friends at school. Everyone had fun celebrating with her.
Jasper easily makes new friends.
Linda had been very worried Jasper wouldn’t be able to fill those big paws of Maggie’s, but he’s meeting some of the same children who knew Maggie and already he’s winning a lot of hearts.
Books about Golden Retrievers include:
Boomer Goes to School, by Constance McGeorge & Mary Whyte (Illustrator)
Can I Be Good? By Livingston Taylor & Ted Rand (illustrator)
My Doggie Says...: Messages from Jamie–how a dog named Jamie “talks” to her people, by Fred M. Haney.