"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work
and to look up at the stars."
~ Henry Van Dyke
All-Around READing Dogs
Minnesota ~ "Molly"  

In addition to R.E.A.D., each month Molly visits residents in a senior housing facility.  A sign with her picture on it advertises her visit to the residents.  Sunday afternoons are often a time when residents may especially miss their families or feel lonely.  Molly visits each person in the assembled circle of 6 to 13 residents that are there specifically to see her. She is petted and hugged, and she listens to many stories. Connie answers all kinds of questions about Molly, such as how she is groomed, what she eats, and how she plays.  It is a great way to spend an afternoon for the residents and for Molly and Connie.

Vizsla looking out window

Oh please, isn't it time to go yet?

Connie and Mollie are also working in the Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury clinics at the local veterans hospital.  They assist the patients to help meet their goals as designed by the hospital therapist. 


How can I help you?

An exceptionally joyful experience was hearing one particular veteran who had not spoken in quite some time say, “Hello Molly.” Connie says this was truly one of their most rewarding experiences to date.

Vizsla in green sweater

A bright green sweater helps ward off
the cold Minnesota winters.

Connie says it is very heartwarming and rewarding to meet new people and to see Molly also enjoy interacting with them. 

Vizsla therapy dog, Reading Education Assistance Dog

Portrait of a very special R.E.A.D. team.

Connie is looking forward to many more years together with Molly volunteering and enjoying new experiences. 

Stories about Vizslas include:

The Trouble With Mojo, by JoAnn Morris Matthews

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

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.

Vizsla reading therapy dog visiting library

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.

Vizsla therapy dog helps child with reading

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.

Vizsla reading with child at library

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!

Vizsla napping by mirror

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.

Vizsla resting on blanket

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.