"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails."
~ Max Eastman
All-Around READing Dogs
Iowa ~ Iowa City R.E.A.D. Program  

Luke is an Alaskan Malamute therapy dog.

Luke is ready with his favorite book,
"Go, Dog. Go!"

Luke is an Alaskan Malamute, borh January 28, 2004, and later adopted from the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. Malamutes are one of the oldest Arctic sled dogs. They are powerful, heavy-boned, rather large dogs, with an affectionate, friendly disposition. When he's not visiting the children at Horace Mann Elementary School, Luke loves playing at the dog park and spending time with his family.

Books about Alaskan Malamutes and sled dogs include:

Balto and the Great Race, by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Born to Pull, by Bob Carey
Storm Run: The Story of the First Woman to Win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, by Libby Riddles
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto, by Natalie Standiford
Togo, by Robert J. Blake


Golden retriever gives a high five

Mouse gives a "high five" for a job well done.

Mouse is a Golden Retriever mix. He's also a 'leap dog," born February 29, 2008. Rescued from a shelter by Dori, a children's book author, Mouse has been described as a dog that "never met a human or animal he didn't like."

Some of Mouse's favorite books are the Buddy Files. Told from the dog's point of view, this is a mystery series about a school therapy dog named Buddy, who solves mysteries.

The Buddy Files:
The Case of the Lost Boy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
The Case of the Mixed-Up Mutts, by Dori Hillestad Butler
The Case of the Missing Family, by Dori Hillestad Butler
The Case of the Fire Alarm, by Dori Hillestad Butler


Pembroke Welsh Corgie therapy dog

"Cwn Sodi" is Welsh for herding dog.

Annie was born in 2000 and is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Both the Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis are the smallest of the herding breeds. In ancient Welsh, the word “Cor” meant “dwarf,” the word “cur” meant “working,” and the word, “gi” meant “dog.”

Annie is a herder who likes to read. She also loves to swim, an activity she learned as a puppy from her best friend Georgia, a retriever. And she’s the star of several privately-published children books, including Annie Makes a Plan and Getting Into Painting: A Dog’s Eye View. Annie’s been listening to students at the Grant Wood Elementary School as well as to readers at the Iowa City and Coralville Public Libraries.

The pictures below are part of a larger book on Western Art for kids; Annie appears in paintings from the Middle Ages on, with a description of why she chose to jump into those paintings (a little art history lesson).

Jan Steen painting, The Artist's Family"The Artist's Family," Jan Steen

Jan van Eyck painting, Arnolfini"Arnolfini," Jan van Eyck

Stories with Pembroke Welsh Corgis in them include:

Corgi Confessions, by Carroll O. Knipe
The Courageous Corgi, by Lea Herrick
The Secret of the Dragon: The Story of Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis, by Jan E. Irving
Titus Rules, by Dick King-Smith


standard poodle therapy dog reads with chidren

Sofie, ready for whatever the day brings.

Born in 2006, Sofie is a Standard Poodle with a very loving disposition and shares her household with an older miniature Poodle "sister" she just adores. She and Pam certified with Delta Society and have been going to "work" each week since that great day. Every Friday morning, Sofie and Pam go to Crestview Nursing and Rehab Center in West Branch, Iowa, where she brightens the day of the residents. They also partnered with Longfellow Elementary School to help students in first grade get excited about reading. A busy pair, they also take their "turn" reading with children at the Iowa City Public Library and the Coralville, Iowa. Pam feels privileged to go with Sofie to Crestview and Longfellow, and she says it's a real joy to see the expression on the faces of the residents and children whenever she and Sofie visit.

Books with Poodles in them include:

Benjy and his Friend Fifi, by Margaret Bloy Graham
Fifty Acres and a Poodle, by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Sassafras Goes to Hollywood, by Lynn Hirschfield

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

Lucy is a Goldendoodle, shown here with a 4th grade reader at Lemme Elementary School. Lucy and other Pet Partner® teams visit several elementary schools in Iowa City as well as at Iowa City Public Library and Coralville Public

This child is reading to a goldendoodle, a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle.

Lucy loves this story,"The Digging-est Dog,"
and pays close attention.

The Goldendoodle (sometimes called a “Doodle”) gets its name because of its mixed parentage of two purebred dogs, a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Many people consider them terrific family dogs, friendly, intelligent, affectionate, and easy to train. They can inherit a coat that’s wavy like a retriever or curly like a Poodle, but it’s usually something in between. They are likely to shed little, if at all, due to the qualities of a Poodle’s fur, and thus are a popular choice for people with allergies.

Books with Golden Retrievers and Poodles include:
Can I Be Good? By Livingston Taylor & Ted Rand (illustrator)
Coco and Cavendish: Circus Dogs, by Judy Sierra and Paul Meisel
My Big Dog, By Janet Stevens (illustrator) & Susan Stevens Crummel
Riptide, by Frances Ward Weller

Bichon Frise therapy reading dog

Ollie smiles, waiting to hear "Happy Tails" again.

Ollie is a Bichon Frise. He was born in October 2006 and is a wonderful Pet Partner for children to read to. He shares the household with his sister, Lucy, above. Bichons are typically very friendly and alert, and it's easy to see Ollie is a perfect example.

Books with a Bichon Frise in them include:
My Name is Cody, by Philip E. Tait
One Incredible Dog! Kizzy, by Chris Williams
Woof! Cute as a Button, by Wendy Loggia

This is an example of the bookmarks used by the Iowa City R.E.A.D. Program:

Iowa City READ Program Bookmark Iowa City READ Program Bookmark

Cocker Spaniel mix therapy dog

Sadie is a great listener and a very good snuggler.

Sadie, a Cocker Spaniel mix, was only about 1 week old when Sara saw her in 2004 at the Heart & Soul Animal Sanctuary in New Mexico. She began therapy dog work in 2008 after they moved to Iowa and has loved working with children at Mark Twain Elementary School in Iowa City and at Van Allen Elementary in North Liberty.

Books with Cocker Spaniels in them include:

Katie: Up and Down the Hall, by Glenn Plaskin
Lady and the Tramp, by Walt Disney
Not Better...Not Worse...Just Different, by Sharon Scott and Nicholas
The Great Spaniel Escape, by Coleen Hubbard

Standard Poodle therapy dog

Garbo relaxes with a good story.

Sadie was so upset when Sara’s older poodle, Greta Garbo, died, Sara decided to look for another. First rescued from a puppy mill by a foster group, “Garbo” came to live with Sara when she was about 10 months old. She is a wonderful, very sweet dog, and passed her therapy dog  tests within 6 months. She works with children at Polk Elementary School in Cedar Rapids and is known as the most popular “student” there.\

Books with Poodles in them include:

Sometimes I Wonder if Poodles Like Nodles, by Laura Numeroff
The Christmas Poodle, by Robert Humphrey
Who wants to be a Poodle? I don't, by Lauren Child

English Setter therapy dog

No one can resist reading to Maggie!

Born in 2007, Maggie is an English Setter that was rescued by Susie and her family from the Jasper County Humane Shelter in Newton, Iowa, when she was about six months old. At their first meeting, she tried to jump into their son's lap and they knew immediately she would be a great therapy dog. She also helped everyone get over the death of their beloved dog Abby, who died a month before they adopted Maggie.  Maggie reads with the kids at Lucas Elementary in Iowa City.  She loves going to school and to the library! She is very gentle and loves to play and show off her tricks!  Anything for a treat!

Stories about English Setters include:

A Brief Autumn's Passage, by Steven Mulak
A Comfortable Range, by Jim McDermott

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