"One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs
is the tenderness they evoke in us."
~Dean Koontz
All-Around READing Dogs
Florida ~ "Kermit" & "Fozzie Bear"  

If Kermit looks familiar, it’s because he has appeared in several TV commercials and numerous print ads. Yes, Kermit is a professional actor!

Newfoundland therapy dog listens to a story.

Paws crossed, always ready for the camera.

Kermit has also been nominated 3 years in a row for the AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence (A.C.E) in the Therapy Dog category. In 2013, Kermit was awarded Honorable Mention and received a beautiful engraved bronze medallion from the AKC.

Newfoundland therapy dogs.

Kermit & Fozzie enjoy
visiting with children.

Typical of this intelligent breed, not only is Kermit a Canine Good Citizen, he has earned titles in obedience, rally obedience, carting, and conformation showing, all while serving as Bonnie’s official service dog.

Newfoundland therapy dogs listen to stories.

Kermit & Fozzie enjoy this book written
about Kermit!

In addition to the library, Kermit visits the Renaissance Learning Center, a public charter school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. His presence helps the youngsters learn how to connect socially and also lifts the teachers’ spirits during their sometimes stressful days.

Be sure to have a look at Kermit's very interesting website. Click here to check it out: Meet Kermit the Newf

Books with a Newfoundland in the story include one written all about about Kermit:
The Adventures of Kermit the Newf: Book One: Dog Tales, by Molly Tischler
A Dog in a Million: My Life with Connie, by Hazel Carter
Hugger to the Rescue, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Ninety-Nine Newfies, by Pat Seawell

(Click on the titles above for a brief description and convenient ordering information.)

Kermit is a Newfoundland, a large breed known to be the most extreme water dog on the planet. An ideal working dog with a natural lifesaving tendency and willingness to retrieve anything from water that has fallen in, a “Newfie” is said to have saved Napoleon Bonaparte when he fell overboard on his way back to France from exile.

Newfoundland threapy dog gets a tummy rub.

Ahh, tummy rubs 'n stories...
life is good!

These calm, sweet-tempered dogs have also been described as one of the very best dogs for children. The nursemaid who helped the children in J .M. Barrie's book Peter Pan is a Newfoundland named Nana.

Newfoundland therapy dog reading with a student.

Kermit likes listening to all kinds of books.

Kermit’s R.E.A.D.® partner, Bonnie, had been doing therapy work with her first Newf, Lakhota. They visited hospitals, rehab facilities, and nursing homes. Bonnie has been involved with Newfoundlands for more than 15 years. Unfortunately, due to her Multiple Sclerosis, she had to stop visiting those institutions because she was getting sick too often.

Newfoundland therapy dog listens to student read.

Big pillows are really nice
for big dogs and big boys.

Kermit joined her home when he was 10 weeks old, and Bonnie knew she wanted to do the R.E.A.D. program with him. Since 2010, she and Kermit have been volunteering at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.

Newfoundland therapy dog can be a big pillow for a young reader.

Yes, Kermit is a great pillow.

Morton and Barbara Mandel from the Mandel Foundation were so impressed by the work Bonnie and Kermit do in the library’s Dog Tales program, and by the positive impact it has had on the children that come to the library, they donated $5 million to the library foundation.

Newfoundland therapy dog relaxes on pillow.

Fozzie relaxes while listening to
a good story.

Kermit's young nephew, Fozzie Bear, has also become a registered therapy dog. The two of them often visit the library together.