Hazel is a Newfoundland, a very large but sweet-tempered, gentle breed of dog and a devoted companion. Newfoundlands are known as multipurpose dogs, at home on land or in the water, capable of draft work, and possessing natural lifesaving abilities.
On November 17, 2012, a 14-week-old Newfoundland pup, Hazel, came home with AJ to her own forever family. A very sweet rescue girl, Hazel quickly got along with the other Newfies in the family and was an easy pup to train. AJ felt Hazel would become an excellent therapy dog and be able to carry on when her other therapy dog, Owen, retires.
A great big bundle of love.
Hazel passed her Pet Partners test with flying colors and was given the "complex" rating when she was just 15 months old.
AJ and her new official Pet Partner
She and AJ were then signed up with Intermountain Therapy as a new R.E.A.D. team. Their first visit official therapy visit was on November 30, 2013, at the library where, Owen, had started, and she's been volunteering twice a month at the Montague Center Library since January 2014.
Hazel's not shy about encouraging
children to read to her.
Others have jumped on "the Hazel craze" as well. A local quilter helped children who read to Hazel to assemble a quilt which will be on display at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst at the quilt show in 2015.
Hazel had very big paws to fill, given Owen's popularity, and she has done so with perfection. She is becoming a wonderful therapy dog; in fact, she recently made the front page of a local newspaper for her efforts in their reading program:
Hazel's gentle nature makes her
a perfect therapy dog.
The article about Hazel explains how the idea of having a dog in the library is so that children can read to an impartial listener. Appointments for the second and fourth Wednesday of the month are scheduled through the Montague Center Library for children who want to read to Hazel.
Hazel is a wonderful all-around dog. She loves swimming, wrestling with her doggy brother "Reuben," hunting chipmunks, and snuggling with her people.
Hazel knows all children are special.
A busy gal, Hazel also visits a nursing home and trains for competition obedience and Newfoundland water rescue. It's no wonder that at the end of the day she becomes a couch potato who loves to sleep upside down in bed!
Hazel shows how a large dog
can be a nice, calm dog.