"Remember, you will never stand taller
than when you stoop to help a child."
~ Dr. Phil McGraw
 
All-Around READing Dogs
Ohio ~ "Baby"  

Belgian Malinois listening to a child read a story.

Baby is alert for the next reader!

Baby, however, is quite content to lie on her blanket and listen to stories. She and her owner, Karin, have been a R.E.A.D.® team since 2004. They volunteer in the greater Cleveland area of Ohio, specifically Bay Village and Olmsted Falls. Baby seems to have a really great time with all the elementary school readers.

Beginning in October 2008 and continuing into 2012, Baby and Karin read with children at Porter Public Library in Westlake, Ohio.

In 2010, Karin Kirtner and Baby received the Friends of Education Award. Click here and scroll to the second page of the school's newsletter to see a picture of them and read more about this honor.

Eager to har the next reader,
Baby seems younger than her 9 years.

During the summer of 2012, Baby and Karin visited Rocky River Library after Porter Public Library discontinued their program.

Baby, a mixture of several breeds, was born in 2002 and is five years old in this picture. Baby is another successful rescue dog. She was adopted from the Cleveland Animal Protective League when she was only 5 weeks old and has been a wonderful part of her adoptive forever family.

This rescue dog, now a certified therapy dog, is part Belgian Malinois.

Another lucky resue pup that
became a wonderful therapy dog.

Although we don't know her exact background, we believe she is part Belgian Malinois. The Belgian Malinois is known to be a confident dog, neither shy nor aggressive in new situations. They may be reserved with strangers but are affectionate with their own people. They typically are very high-energy dogs that need a great deal of physical exercise and mental stimulation. They have a strong desire to work and are quick and responsive to commands from their owner.

 

In April 2014, gentle Baby crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Baby was a R.E.A.D. partner for 8 years and retired in September 2013 at the age of 10-1/2. She was sensitive and acted differently with each child who read to her. She will be greatly missed by many.

 


 

     
 
 
 
 

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