"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
~Roger Caras
 
All-Around READing Dogs
Missouri ~ "Cheri"  

Rottweiler therapy dog

Cheri is relaxing with a good book while
the next reader gets ready.

Cheri is a Toy Poodle, meaning she is 10 inches or less at the highest point of her shoulder. She volunteers with her owner, Patty, on Saturday afternoons at Corinth Library. There are usually three R.E.A.D.®) teams present, and each picks out a quiet corner and works one-on-one with a child. The youngsters, typically between 4 and 11 years old, pick out a library book or sometimes will read a book Patty has brought for them to read to Cheri.

At the end of the book,
Cheri gets to eat Cheerios!

Most children love to read to Cheri and will show her the pictures and pet her as they read.  Some children have been very hesitant to come sit and read, but as soon as they see Cheri they just want to climb in right away.  As Patty says, “This is such a rewarding opportunity to see the little children pick up a book and enjoy the time with Cheri.” She has noticed that many of the children are repeat participants and ask when they will be back at the library.

Books about Poodles include:

Fifty Acres and a Poodle, by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Gypsy the Circus Dog, by Beverly Jean Strong

The Dog Department: James Thurber on Hounds, Scotties, and Talking Poodles, by James Thurber

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

 



The Poodle is exceptionally smart, active, and excels in obedience training. It is also the only breed that comes in three size varieties, which may partly explain their wide popularity. The terms Standard, Miniature, and Toy are used to describe size only, as all the Poodles are one breed, governed by the same standard.

Although many people think of them as French Poodles, the breed originated in Germany as a water retriever, and its name is derived from the German word “pfudel,” meaning “puddle” or “ to splash.” The Standard variety is the oldest of the three types. The Miniature variety may have been used for truffle hunting. The Toy Poodle, often used in performances and circuses, became very popular in France and was known worldwide as a “trick dog.”  The Poodle also served as a military dog, guide dog, guard dog, and wagon puller for performers.

This poodle is waiting for a child to read to her.

Cheri eagerly waits
for a child to read to her.

Some children are very timid and may not really want to read to Cherie; however, once they see someone else reading to Cherie, they are often ready to have a turn also.

This poodle therapy dog is watching children read from a Cheerios book.

The Cheerios series of books are favorites
with both Cheri and the children.

Children especially like the Cheerios books. The children are not only learning to read but also to count and how to interact with Cheri by giving her a command to wait and then tell her when it's okay for her to eat the Cheerios. Sometimes so many children read these books, she actually gets full by the time the last page is read!

     
 
 
 
 

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