Meet some of the wonderful dogs that participate in the Lackman Library Reading Program in Lenexa, Kansas. These dogs are truly all-around therapy dogs, as they participate in many activities in addition to their reading programs. Just imagine how much joy and comfort these dogs are bringing to the people who come to know them.
Mackenzie, a German Shepherd Dog, has changed many people's opinons of "big, scary dogs."
Mackenzie is a rescue German Shepherd Dog born in November 2002. She is registered with both Delta Society® and Pets For Life, and has been doing therapy work since 2004. She is also a registered crisis response dog with Animal Assisted Crisis Response® and Noah’s Canine Crisis Response (Crisis response dogs are specially trained therapy dogs that provide animal-assisted emotional support to victims and emergency responders at crisis sites).
Mackenzie has visited juvenile detention centers, adult-care facilities, and group homes. She apparently loves her work, as she gets restless when she is not able to visit regularly.
Mackenzie shows people that big dogs, and German Shepherds in particular, don’t have to be scary. She has soft brown eyes and a smile that welcomes children and puts them at ease. During a R.E.A.D. ® session, she can often be seen with her head in a child’s lap, her eyes closed, listening intently to the story.
Teddy, a Golden Retriever, proudly displays
R.E.A.D.® identification on his vest.
Teddy volunteers at an elementary school and at several different libraries. In addition, he visits nursing homes, a rehabilitation center at a local hospital, and is in the Children’s Mercy Hospital Pet Pals Program where he visits children in the hospital and the physical therapy unit. Teddy is a cuddly, sweet boy who loves walks, peanut butter, and belly rubs. Some of his favorite books are Dog Breath, the Cheerios books, and all the books about Boomer.
KyAn, a Dalmation, listens while hoping
there will be lots more readers to vsit.
KyAn looks much younger than her 7 years in this photo. Working in the R.E.A.D. program for several years, she visits the library year-round. Dalmatians are very playful and need lots of hard exercise and attention. They may be too energetic for young children; however, KyAn is a perfect example of how great a Dalmatian can be when raised and socialized around youngsters.
Archie (above) and Moritz (below) are
Bernese Mountain Dogs.
Easily 100 pounds, Archie and Moritz are
much larger than most of the children who
read to them.