Reading to a dog: It's a pawsitive experience!
 
All-Around READing Dogs
New York ~ "Annie"  

Child reading to a therapy dog.

Annie is an eager reader's best friend.

Annie obviously loves people, and she often gravitates toward those who aren’t feeling well or who are feeling sad. Annie also loves toddlers and will crawl on the floor to get near them and look up into their faces. She is very much a people dog.

Like many dogs (and people!), Annie loves food; however, she is very polite about asking for treats. She never barks or whines but just sits nearby quietly staring, as if to say, “Would it be okay if you shared some with me?”

In 2006 Annie and her partner received honorable mention in the Rookie Team category of the 2006 Delta Society Beyond Limits Awards.

Born in August 2004, Annie passed her Canine Good Citizen test when she was just 6 months old, and a year later became a Delta Society Pet Partner and one of the youngest dogs to participate in the Hudson Valley Human Society Visiting Pet Program. She was also that program’s first Reading Education Assistance Dog®, and as a member of the nationwide R.E.A.D.® program, she has been read to by many children in schools and libraries..

Mixed breed therapy dog.

Annie with her partner
and a special reading buddy.

Annie is really a lucky dog, as she was rescued from North Shore Animal League and adopted into a wonderful forever home in Nanuet, New York. She now has a terrific human family, including two young girls and a doggie playmate named Pippin.

No one knows for sure about Annie’s background, but it’s likely she has some Labrador Retriever and German Shorthaired Pointer, possibly some Border Collie, and maybe even a little Dalmatian.  She seems to posses the best of each breed as far as her temperament and suitability for therapy work are concerned: Labrador Retriever: good with children; German Shorthaired Pointer: devoted family pet;  Border Collie: intelligent, full of interest; Dalmatian: tireless enthusiasm.


 

     
 
 
 
 

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