Molly is a Vizsla, a breed sometimes also called a Hungarian Pointer. Vizslas originally served as hunters and companions for the Magyar hordes, a tribe that settled in what is now known as Hungary, and etchings depict Vizslas as far back as the 10th century.
Vizslas have characteristics of both
Pointers and Retrievers.
The ideal Vizsla is lively and gentle, affectionate, and takes well to training. Molly and her human partner, Connie, began training and socializing and just plain having fun together when Molly was just 3 months old. With her wonderful personality and love of people, Molly successfully completed the requirements to become a therapy dog when she was just 19 months old.
Molly and Connie are eagerly
waiting for the next reader
Molly began visiting the Carver County Libraries once a month, and during the summer, she visits the libraries two times a month for the students to read to her on summer break.
Smiles all around when Molly visits.
One day a boy in first grade came to read to Molly. His father whispered to Connie that his son was having trouble reading and that he did not like it too much. Then the boy proceeded to read three books to Molly! This boy was pleased with his reading and did not stumble on words as he read aloud. Molly laid her head on his lap as he petted her and read. The boy said he would practice so he can read to Molly again! This is just one of numerous examples of how children enjoy reading to Molly and why Connie finds it so rewarding.
I could lie here all day,
you're such a good reader!
Molly worked her magic again at a recent R.E.A.D.® event at a local elementary school. Later that very same night, the coordinator of the event received this note from a parent:
My daughter read with Molly tonight and we were amazed on how well she did! She is in kindergarten and has been struggling with reading but there was something different tonight. Molly definitely helped my daughter and it was neat to see!
I'm just in awe of how well my daughter did and how proud of herself she was when she was all done! She is also going through speech therapy and is sometimes not confident on her capabilities. What a difference we saw tonight!!! What a great service you and the R.E.A.D. dogs offer!
Catching up on beauty sleep
for tomorrow's another busy day.
Vizslas, like Molly, all are a beautiful golden rust color with very little, or no, white anywhere. They are "self-colored," meaning their eyes, eye rims, lips, nails, nose, toenails, and pads of their feet blend with the color of their coat.
At the library, Molly is ready and waiting.
Connie enjoys working in her community with Molly to enhance the animal-human bond with people of all ages. Molly so beautifully demonstrates her versatility helping both young children and older adults.