After being trapped in a garage and then rescued right before Hurricane Rita hit Texas in 2005, Korie became the newest member of a household that included Angel and Kojak, two German Shepherd Dogs. Angel and Kojak had been participating in Animal Assisted Therapy since 1997 and Kojak had been a R.E.A.D.® (Reading Education Assistance Dogs®). team member since 2005, and that is how Korie happened into the realm of therapy and the R.E.A.D. program.
The loss of Angel in 2005 and Kojak in 2006 was devastating. Because they had made so many special friends and helped so many children in their successful therapy and R.E.A.D. programs, their owner felt a need to continue the visits petless for several months. Korie had to live in her new home six months before being registered, but she is a now an official Pet Partner and has belonged to R.E.A.D. since March 2006. Along with her owner, she has visited all the facilities Angel and Kojak had visited previously, and they have even added some new ones.
Korie is a Maine Coon cat, a breed that characteristically exhibits a clown-like personality, an affectionate nature, amusing habits and tricks, and a willingness to ‘help’ with any activity. Maine Coons are relaxed and easygoing in just about everything they do. They generally get along well with kids and dogs, as well as other cats. Korie is a great example of this breed. She calmly and gently listens in special needs classes, where five different children read to her on a weekly basis.