"Books are a child’s window to the world—no rules, just read!"
 
All-Around READing Dogs
Michigan ~ "Dually" & "Dora"  

This Bernese Mountain Dog listens to a story read by a library visitor..

Dually seems very interested
in this story.

In May 2013, Peter White Public Library was presented with the Silver Tag Award from the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) at their annual banquet.  The Silver Tag Award recognizes a group or organization where animals provide service to humans. 

This Bernese Mountain Dog is a Reading Education Assistance Dog.

Dually smiles at a good picture book.

In addition to the library, Dually and Dora volunteer for reading at any opportunity. They have been to local schools, preschools and Health Fairs.  Working with children is their passion, but they volunteer occasionally at Marquette General Hospital.  

Books about Bernese Mountain Dogs include:

A Snow Day For Hannah, by Linda Petrie BUnch
Just Perfect, by P. T. Custard
The Tails of Brinkley The Berner by Laura Leah Johnson

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

 



Dually and Dora are Bernese Mountain Dogs. Originating in Switzerland during ancient times, this breed’s original function was drafting and droving work in the mountains. Their calm, confident temperaments made them ideal for pulling carts to market and driving dairy cattle, as well as being fine companions. Typically gentle and easygoing, Bernese Mountain Dogs like to be near their people, which makes them a good fit for families with chidren as well as other dogs and pets.

Therapy dogs on the library steps waiting for their turn to listen to stories.

Dually and Dora wait on the library steps
with their friend Roxy .

Dually and Dora became Pet Partners in June 2011. Shortly thereafter, they became READ certified and started Dog Nights at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette, MI.  Peter White had a dog reading program for many years which consisted of individual reading sessions by appointment.  With busy lifestyles and competing commitments, this was not reaching as many children as desired, so with the assistance and support of the Peter White library staff, a Dog Nights program was started. Dog Nights consists of 6- to 8-week sessions on Thursday nights from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Children of any age or reading ability can drop in and read to one or all of the dogs.  Either Dually or Dora are there every week to provide lots of soft fur for petting and a listening ear for the readers.  

 

 

 

     
 
 
 
 

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