A room without books is like a room without a soul.
 
All-Around READing Dogs
Georgia ~ "Cassie"  

Chows and English Labradors can be therapy dogs too.

Cassie has picked a favorite book
and is waiting for a friend to join her.

The Chow Chow is one of several breeds that many people fear, or at least think of as being vicious or aggressive. Cassie is out to prove otherwise. Everyone who meets her exclaims two things: how sweet she is, and how soft her coat is. She has been a registered therapy dog since October 2004, visiting nursing homes, hospitals (pediatrics, oncology, and the cardiac intensive care unit), and the local library.

In 2006, Cassie became a registered Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.®.). Soon she participated in creating a R.E.A.D. program at the Newnan-Coweta Public Library. Cassie has helped several children to get over their fear of dogs. Because of her kind and gentle spirit, she is perfect for this. Children who used to run screaming and crying from dogs now call out to her by name as they run up to pet her. Cassie is a hit with the young as well as the old. She is truly amazing!

Sweet Cassie has joined her pals across
the Rainbow Bridge. She will be missed by many.

Books about Labrador Retrievers include:
Labrador on the Lawn, by Ben M. Baglio.
Let's Count the Puppies, by Katharine Kunhardt.
The Adventures of Fudgie the Chocolate Labrador, by Roseanne Fleischman.

 

Sweet Cassie was saved from almost certain euthanasia when she was adopted February 17, 2003, at approximately 5 years of age. She has been happily settled into her forever home in Georgia since then, bringing much joy and delightful companionship to her new surroundings.

Briefly tracing Cassie's family roots proves interesting. At first glance, she looks like any other Labrador Retriever. Labradors are typically affectionate, patient, highly intelligent, lively, and good-natured. Most people recognize a Labrador Retriever immediately, but many are unaware there are two types: American and English. American Labs are somewhat tall and lanky compared to the heavier, thicker, blockier body type of English Labs. Cassie embodies the English Labrador type, and she probably has relatives across the Pond.

Because of her size, coat texture, and spotted purple tongue, it’s likely Cassie also has some Chow Chow along with her English Lab background. Artifacts dating back to the Han Dynasty (150-200 BC) place the Chow as a hunting dog during that period in China; the blue-black tongue is unique only to the Chow Chow and Chinese Shar-Pei. Chows can be independent, with an aura of aloofness. It is their nature to be reserved with strangers but extremely loyal to family members.

 

     
 
 
 
 

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