Born in 2013, Frankie is a Golden Retriever and lives with her family in North Dakota. Golden Retrievers are well-known as wonderful therapy dogs, and young Frankie is no exception. She became a Love On A Leash therapy dog in July 2015 and a R.E.A.D.® member in January 2016. She is the fourth therapy dog and fourth Golden Retriever to live with her special person, Genell.
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Frankie visits a residential home for children, ages 8 to 13, once a week as part of her LOAL visits. Each week, Frankie spends 20 minutes reading with a 3rd grade girl who has a seizure disorder. This girl has delayed reading skills due to having up to 300 mini seizures a day.
At their first R.E.A.D. session, Frankie sat up at about halfway into the story so Genell suggested they do some petting and paw shakes, after which Frankie and the girl were ready to continue reading. From that time on, it has just been a normal reading time for Frankie and her girl. Sometimes a few easy words are confused in the reading, but Frankie just lies on her pad and listens. That is how Genell can tell if the girl is having a mini seizure. This child has gone from reading very fast to a nice steady pace with voice character changes. They look forward to their weekly R.E.A.D. time.
It's easy to see which one gets
top billing here!
Frankie has been very good with this child's seizure activity. The mother explained how great it was that after only 4 R.E.A.D. sessions, her daughter could concentrate on one skill for 20 minutes, something she had not done until she began reading with Frankie.
Goldens don't have many "terrible, horrible,
no good, very bad days,"but it is a good book.
The local library is their meeting place, but Frankie was also invited to a 3rd grade classroom. It was a fun time with 18 children taking turns reading to her.