"I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander."
~ Isaac Asimov
 
All-Around READing Dogs
Texas ~ "Bruce" & "Holly"  

This Shetland Sheepdog is listening to a story read by a school boy.

Holly thinks this is a
fascinating story .

Holly is a Shetland Sheepdog. Although Shelties are very much like miniature Collies, they are a separate breed, They are noted for their willingness to obey, making them easy to train, and especially for their devoted nature and keen intelligence and understanding.

Bruce and Holly, along with the other Pet Partners of Paws 4 Love/HPHP, keep busy visiting a local nursing home, hospital, and the Devers Elementary School. They also present the AKC Safety Around Dogs program to school children in Liberty and surrounding counties in southeast Texas.

Books about Shetland Sheepdogs include:

Curio, A Shetland Sheepdog and Her Pals, by Jeanette A. Griver
Curio, A Shetland Sheepdog, Meets the Crow, by Jeanette A. Griver


For more information about Will You Read to Me? contact Jo Ann Russell at russelljr@awesomenet.net or Diane Carpenter at huntsvillephp@yahoo.com.

Bruce and Holly are Pet Partners that belong to Paws 4 Love, a chapter of Huntsville Pets Helping People. Bruce is a "Texas size" Border Collie with the personality of a Golden Retriever. He is a happy, frolicky dog that is a joy for children to read to and a welcome visitor in nursing homes. A nursing home resident gives a treat to a border collie therapy dog.

Bruce is trying to be patient
while waiting for a treat .

The Border Collie is a medium sized bundle of energy that tyically craves attention, exercise, and a job to do. One of the most trainable breeds, they not only can handle any type of herd but also can serve law enforcement in narcotics and bomb detection, search and rescue, and police work. They often excel in obedience, agility, and Frisbee trials, not to mention performing tricks.

Bruce and Holly are owned by Jo Ann Russell, who has written articles for local news media under the pen name of "Bruce the Border Collie." To help introduce children to the R.E.A.D.® program, Bruce the Border Collie wrote Will You Read to Me? describing how he gets ready to come to school and what happens when he and a child find their special place to read. The pages are beautifully illustrated by Janice Bodenhamer, and the words are brushstroked to give them the appearance of a child's writing. The purpose of the book is to have a very happy, loveable R.E.A.D. dog answer the questions a child might ask after being selected to participate in the school R.E.A.D. program.

Members of Paws 4 Love and Huntsville Pets Helping People have used this book and are excited by the acceptance of children and teachers. One youngster, searching for his special book to be paw-toe-graphed, sat back and asked, "Where is that Bruce book? That's the one I really want!"

Bbooks with Border Collies in them include:

Angus and Sadie, by Cynthia Voigt
Ribbon the Border Collie: From Herder to Healer, by Lyn Bezek

     
 
 
 
 

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