"You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
All-Around READing Dogs
North Carolina ~ "Berklee"  

Gentle Bulldog pays a hospital therapy visit to a young child.

Berklee became a Delta Society Pet Partner®
in 1996 .

Retired from more stressful therapy work, Berklee and his partner are now involved in the R.E.A.D.® program in one library and beginning others in two schools. It's perfect for him, as he can lie there and listen to the child read---as long as he doesn't snore!

No longer a young pup, Berklee also has a number of medical issues, but thankfully they are being kept under control by his doctor. As you can see in this smiling picture, Berklee does not look his age. Like his partner says, "He just keeps on going, like the Energizer Bunny®!"

Berklee crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in 2009. He is deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

 

This is Berklee, a 13-year-old 75-pound Bulldog. A Bulldog’s massive short-faced head, wide shoulders, and heavy body suggest great vigor and strength. The U.S. Marine Corps has had a Bulldog as its unofficial mascot since 1922, when “Jiggs” was formally enlisted in Quantico, Virginia. Jiggs was given a custom-made uniform and ranked first as Private, then Sergeant, and 7 months later he was promoted to Sergeant Major. President Warren Harding owned a Bulldog named “Oh Boy” and President Calvin Coolidge owned a Bulldog named “Boston Beans.” Children might remember a Bulldog named “Jock” in the Disney film Lady and the Tramp. Although known to be fearless, a Bulldog’s disposition should be kind, resolute, and courageous–not vicious or aggressive–and its general demeanor peaceful and dignified.

Berklee is all that and more. He has helped start new programs in hospitals, an adolescent locked pavilion in a psychiatric facility, and was been featured in many newspaper and TV segments when he lived in New York. Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Berkley and his partner had the privilege of being called to volunteer in the Family Assistance Center at Ground Zero. They were also chosen to ride the ferry with families to an on-site clearing.


 

     
 
 
 
 

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