"Believe you can and you’re halfway there."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

All-Around READing Dogs
Texas ~ Gibbs Theradoodle  

Goldendoodle resting with child reading to him.

Great story, but that's a
huge guard dog on the cover !

In 2011, LIFT began a summer pilot program called “LIFT a Paw for Literacy” to include children of their adult students. Gibbs read weekly with the children, encouraging the families to read together during the rest of the week. The program was very successful, and Half Price Books offered LIFT the use of one of their stores as a way of reaching out to the entire community with LIFT a Paw for Literacy. Gibbs is now reading weekly with children at the largest Half Price Books store in Dallas.

Goldendoodle posing for a picture

Acting adorable,
always ready to strike a pose.

In his spare time, Gibbs enjoys participating in causes dear to his heart, such as the 13th annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk in Austin, Texas, benefiting the Texas Hearing and Service Dogs.  Gibbs also loves swimming in the backyard pool, playing fetch, and running with his buddies at the local dog park. He loves learning new tricks at his weekly Hollywood Dog class, and hopes to be a model or work in the movies someday. He’s already appeared in the last two issues of American Dog Magazine!

Books with Goldendoodles, Golden Retrievers, or Poodles in them include:

Noodle, by Ellen Miles
Rusty, the Runaway Golden Retriever, by Vince Stead
A Poodle in Paris, by Connie Kaldor

There are not many books with Goldendoodles written into the story, but other books Gibbs enjoys listening to include:

Ben: The Very Best Furry Friend
Cool Dog, School Dog
Help Me, Mr. Mutt! Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems
Move Over, Rover
My Buddy
My Big Dog
Pete the Poodle
Poodle and Doodle
Poodle and Hound

The Adventures of Poodle Posse
Uptown Poodle, Downtown Pups



Born in 2009, Gibbs Theradoodle is a handsome young Goldendoodle. First introduced to North America and Australia in the late 1990s, these “designer dogs” were originally bred for service work. Breeders crossed the extremely affectionate Golden Retriever with the no-shedding Standard Poodle to design one of the most intelligent, easily trainable, and low-to-no-shedding dogs available today. Both Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles are considered in the top five most intelligent breeds, so the Goldendoodle receives a double dose when it comes to brains and temperament.

Goldendoodle therapy dog

Gibbs enjoys readers of all ages,
and they enjoy reading to him.

Gibbs Theradoodle is no exception. Gibbs earned the AKC Canine Good Citizen award at only 10 months old. He became a Registered Delta Society Pet Partner Therapy Dog at 12 months, and followed that by becoming a Reading Education Assistance Dog® (R.E.A.D.®).

This is a picture of a goldendoodle therapy dog, celebrating Dr Seuss

Smiling for the camera
on an extra special day.

Gibbs stays very busy reading with the children of Hillside Academy in Garland, Texas, where his Pet Partner is the school counselor. Gibbs also does Canine Assisted Play Therapy with his partner in her private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist. He particularly enjoys working with adolescents.

Goldendoodle therapy dog with child reading to him

A pat for each page turn.
Life is good.

Recently, Gibbs Theradoodle teamed up with LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Texas).  LIFT is a non-profit organization started in 1961 by the Dallas Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. It is supported by a wide variety of foundations, corporations, and volunteer teachers. The purpose of LIFT is to teach illiterate and low literate adults to read English. According to LIFT, nearly half the adult population in Texas cannot read a newspaper. It is the mission of LIFT "to enhance lives and strengthen communities by raising the adult literacy rate in Texas."