"We can judge the heart of a man
by his treatment of animals."
~Immanual Kant

 
All-Around READing Dogs
Nevada ~ "Tony"  

Golden retriever watching a finger pupet in this story.

Tony looks quite proud in his official
R.E.A.D. bandana and graduation cap.

Because of his gentle demeanor and positive effect on people, not long afterwards Tony was trained to become a registered therapy animal and R.E.A.D.ing Paws companion.

Golden retriever listening to a good story.

Nothing better than relaxing
with a good book and a friendly child.

Tony is now an official part of a program in a second-grade class at a northern Nevada elementary school where children read to him to help enhance their reading skills and build their confidence. He has been volunteering since the summer of 2014 and is also part of the local library’s R.E.A.D.ing Paws program.

Golden retriever therapy dog with a kindergarten student.

Tony has made a difference in
many people's lives.

Tony also visits patients at local area hospitals to help brighten their day. His owner comments that it is such a joy to see others benefit from Tony's loving nature and to see how excited Tony gets while he is working. She also likes to spread the word that Pit Bull type breeds like Tony, when paired with the right owners, can do wonderful things just like any other dog.

Books about Pit Bull type breeds include:
I'm a Good Dog, by Ken Foster
Macy the Lonely Pit Bull Finds a Home, by Todd Jagemann
Riley the Lovable Pit Bull, by Jackie Lombard
Ruby's Tale: A True Rags to Riches Tale, by Patrick Bettendorf
Peanut The Pitbull, by Thomas Andrew Athanasiou

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

 

Sadly, after bravely facing so many of life's challenges while bringing joy to young and old alike, Tony crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on November 25, 2016.



At the age of approximately 6-1/2 years, Tony came to his forever home in 2013 when his foster family decided to care for him after staples from his surgical wound got caught in the door of his shelter pen. He had undergone surgery to remove cancer, and it was soon determined he would need two more surgeries to remove all the cancer. Within no time his foster family fell in love with him, adodpted him, and he quickly made himself right at home with them, their Belgian Shepherd, and their cat.

Golden Retriever in Cedar

Tony is a cool dude
in hot Nevada .

Tony is a Pit Bull type breed. Many people have strong preconceived notions about the dogs they call Pit Bulls. Actually, Pit Bull it is a class of dogs that includes any purebred or mixed breed combination of American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Bulldog. Pit Bull is not actually a single breed.

This golden retriever is a therapy dog that helps children practice reading.

Tony helps raise funds to honor
Canine Caregivers.

In the following months, Tony became the mascot at the Bark for Life/Relay For Life booth each week. These events celebrate cancer survivors, honor people lost to cancer, and raise funds in support of thet American Cancer Society's mission to eliminate cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Canine Caregivers include Canine Companions suchg as Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, Rescue Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Cancer Survivor Dogs, and Diagnostic Dogs.

For more than two years, Tony enriched the lives of children learning to read. The photo below is from his last R.E.A.D.® session in October 2016.

The smile tells it all.    
 
 
 
 

 

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