"It is a great thing to start life with a small number
of really good books which are your very own."
~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


All-Around READing Dogs
Texas ~ Roddy  

This is a picture of a Rottweiler therapy dog looking at shelves of books in the library.

It's been said dogs read with their nose.
Roddy has a lot to choose from here.

Born July 23, 2001, Roddy already has an impressive résumé for his young life. He has earned the Canine Good Citizen®award, been registered with both Therapy Dogs International, Inc., and Delta Society®, and he is a R.E.A.D. team member. Along with performing in a music video and also a brief acting stint (“Gary the Tennis Coach,” release date TBA), Roddy visits nursing homes, assisted living homes, and he comforts hospice patients. He has also become a welcome volunteer at libraries, schools, and bookstores.

Rottweiler resting with child reading to him.

Ahh, I love my job!

One of many reasons Becky has Roddy in therapy work is to show how loving Rottweilers can be.

Rottweiler therapy dog at Christmas

Hey, come on tough guy,
there's mistletoe up there.

Roddy seems to have found his purpose in helping people feel better, and Becky says seeing how people react to him is a lot of fun for her. It truly is rewarding work for both of them.

Books with Rottweilers in them include:

The Rottweiler: Centuries of Service, by Linda Michels

The Carl stories by Alexandra Day, such as You're A Good Dog, Carl, Carl's Afternoon in the Park, and Carl's Sleepy Afternoon.

 

Roddy is a Rottweiler. Many people fear Rottweilers because of their size and powerful build, and often categorize the breed as dangerous and unpredictable. And yet, although their history is not well documented, it is believed they actually descended from ancient Roman herding dogs: dependable, rugged, willing workers with great intelligence and a strong instinct to guard. These descendants of the Roman drover dog kept cattle together to and from market until the middle of the 19th century, at which time the driving of cattle was outlawed and, also, the donkey and the railroad replaced the dogcarts.

Rottweiler

Roddy, alert and ready for
whatever comes next.

In the early 1900s, the Rottweiler gained popularity as a police dog, for he is basically a calm, confident, self-assured dog with an inherent desire to protect and a strong willingness to work. He is especially suited as a companion, guardian, and general all-purpose dog. 

This is a picture of a Rottweiler that is a therapy dog, with three children petting him.

Smiling pretty on a great day.

Like dogs in general, "Rotties" certainly need proper socialization, consistent training, and daily exercise, but many people know them to be loyal family members and guardians, although they may attempt to “herd” the children from time to time!

Roddy crossed the Rainbow Bridge in October 2011. He was a positive role model for the Rottweiler breed and truly helped people see how sweet they can be.

 

 
 
 

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