“I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books.
But I do believe something very magical can happen
when you read a good book."
~J. K. Rowling
 
All-Around READing Dogs
Great Britain ~Danny  

Danny, a therapy greyhound, rides the rails in the UK.

Danny, on the road again!

Danny, a therapy greyhound, rides the rails in the UK.

Ready for whatever happens next.

Very well traveled, Danny gets free rail journeys around the UK.


Danny at No. 10 Downing Street,
historic home of the British Prime Minister.

Danny poses with the police officer in front of the famous black door, which can only be opened from the inside.

Coming up on their agenda is a visit to the United States in July 2012 where they will spend two weeks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and join Corridor Therapy Dogs for some extra special events.

There is a “Draw Danny” contest, and the children are looking forward to meeting this very famous Greyhound. This visit should certainly prove to be a treat for all involved.

Danny, a greyhound in the UK, is a therapy reading & listening dog.

Danny is interested in learning more
about ... Swankypants!

Many of Danny's readers are special needs children, some of whom include disabled, ADHD, Down syndrome, and autistic children. His calm, well behaved, quiet nature is particularly suited for working with these youngsters.

Stories about Greyhounds include:

Dorian Greyhound: A Novel, by Sheryl Longin
Leo: A Greyhound's Tail, by Cindy Victor
Twiggy, Story of a Grehyound, by Ginny Anne Folkman

A book has also been written about Danny called Danny Goes to London. Danny is usually a very quiet and well behaved dog. That’s why he is so good as his job. Some dogs work on farms, some help people who can’t see, and Danny helps children who find it difficult to read. He usually visits schools and libraries but today he is being given a special award for his work and he is going to London to collect it. Who could possibly have imagined the mischief he gets up to on this special day?!

(Click on the titles above for a brief description and convenient ordering information.)

(Danny Goes to London is not currently available on the US amazon.com.)

 

 

Transformed from a homeless stray to a recognized celebrity, Danny, a blue and white greyhound, celebrates his rags to riches story every day. Rescued from wandering the streets of Cork, Ireland, Danny and his owner, Tony Nevett, now travel from their home in Northamtonshire to primary schools around the UK, transforming the lives of many children through the Kennel Club “Bark & Read” program.

Bark & Read, UK's Kennel Club logo.

Bark & Read's official logo.

Upon learning of the success of Reading Education Assistance Dogs® in the United States, Tony, who has a degree in animal assisted therapy, trained the first R.E.A.D. dog in Europe, a Greyhound named Scotts, that was also the face of R.E.A.D.'s 10th anniversary celebrations. Following Scotts's death, Tony trained Batman and Danny, also both Greyhounds. He feels Greyhounds are “particularly suitable because they have a single coat of hair and therefore are less likely to trigger allergies,” however, he adds, “any dog can be trained as a READ dog, they just need to be placid and good with children.”

Danny, a greyhound in the UK, is a therapy reading & listening dog.

Smiles all around.

Referred to as “listening dogs” in the UK, the first trial was based in Kent and is now in two other counties. Tony is working tirelessly to bring the R.E.A.D. program to life in the UK. At a time when many councils are cutting back on library services, some are beginning to use dogs as an innovative way to help children get excited about reading.

Danny, a greyhound in the UK, is a therapy reading & listening dog.

What? It looks like Danny wonders
what happens next!

They are finding that dogs help build confidence in the children as they begin to overcome their fear of reading aloud. Tony says Danny is “very patient, and he’s doing his job very well…he loves the kids and they love him.”

Danny, a greyhound therapy dog, reading education assistance dog, in the UK.

This is a wonderful way to
spend the school day.

Danny has received much recognition and many awards, including his own piece on the BBC childrens channel. He has has been on Sky, BBC, ITV, Fox, PBS, and CBS News programs; appeared in dog magazines worldwide; and he has been honored by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain. In October 2011, he and Tony celebrated Animal Action Week on the terrace of the House of Lords along with other award recipients and numerous animal lovers. Danny won the The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Amazing Animal award for his work as a listening dog, helping children improve their reading skills.

<empty>Danny, a greyhound therapy dog, reading education assistance dog, in the UK.

Danny & Tony in London to
accept the award.

Danny received his award from Baroness Gale and Brian May of Queen, at the House of Lords in London.

Children who find it difficult to read appreciate the fact that Danny might twitch a paw, but he will not laugh; he might raise an eyebrow, but he won’t complain; he might even fall asleep, but he won’t give the kids a hard time if they stumble over a word.

Danny, a greyhound therapy dog, reading education assistance dog, in the UK.

Children look forward to practicing
their reading with Danny.

Tony adds, “If the children don’t want to read in class, or they don’t want to read to a teacher – if they read to Danny at least they are learning to read.”

Danny, a greyhound therapy dog, reading education assistance dog, in the UK.

Tony and Danny are making a difference
in many children's lives.

Children like the idea of reading to dogs, especially because (in the words of one student) “they don’t answer back and they don’t give you a hard time.”

     
 
 
 
 

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