"If we encounter a man of rare intellect,
we should ask him what books he reads."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
All-Around READing Dogs
Wales ~ "Charlie" & "Saffron"  

This is a collie listening to a book being read by a girl in elementary school.

Charlie is comfortable on his cushion,
listening to stories. Life is good.

Charlie looks forward to one-on-one reading time with the children at Templeton School in Templeton, Narberth, Pembrokeshire (West Wales) every week. He sits quietly on his special cushion, occasionally flicking his tail in approval or offering an affectionate lick as children read stories to him. Click here to read more about Charlie in an article that appeared in the Western Telegraph.

This is a girl reading a book to a collie at La Mesa Library.

Saffron's sporting her bright red
R.E.A.D. scarf and she's ready to listen!

Saffron has become an ideal reading companion. She has such a beautiful nature, it seems as if she was born to help people. In addition to her new R.E.A.D. activities, she's long been a favorite with residents at Narberth's Sunnybank Home, where she visits with Sarah. Click here to read an article about Saffron that appeared in the Western Telegraph.

Also, please click here for a wonderful short video and an article about Charlie and Saffron that appeared in BBC NEWS.

Books about Shetland Sheepdogs include:
Curio: A Shetland Sheepdog and Friends, by Jeanette A. Griverl
Rowdy: The Sheltie, by Brenda Tatro

Stories about Tibetan Terriers include:
Little Dog Moon, by Maxine Trotter
Rosie: A Visiting Dog's Story, by Stephanie Calmenson


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Charlie and Saffron are indeed very special Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.®) team members. They and their owner, Sarah Ellis, are the first to bring a reading with dogs program to Wales, and one of only three to do so in the United Kingdom. Charlie and Saffron have appeared on television twice and been written up in the local paper, and Sarah was given two radio interviews. In addition to Shaggy Dog Tales, her R.E.A.D. team venture, Sarah is Area Coordinator for Pets As Therapy and a Blue Cross Education speaker.

This child is reading and relaxing against the side of a collie, like a pillow of fur, in San Diego, California.

Looks like Charlie has picked
his favorite storybook.

Charlie is a mixed breed, part Shetland Sheepdog, that had lived in several homes before being adopted by Sarah. A typical Sheltie, very energetic, he just needed someone to help him along with proper training. Having proved how bright and eager to learn he was, he now is a Pets As Therapy dog and a Blue Cross Education dog in addition to his R.E.A.D. duties. Charlie knows a lot of tricks, and because he can do a bit of canine freestyle (basic heelwork to music), he has entertained many senior citizens in residential homes. They love him!

Saffron's a very good listener.

Like Charlie, Saffron is a Pets As Therapy dog and a Blue Cross Education dog. She came to Sarah through the Tibetan Rescue when the kennels were closing down. Saffron was very small and frightened, but with special care and attention she has come a long way. Saffron loves being read to, often relaxing to the point of snoozing through the story, but then putting a big furry paw on a child's knee as a reminder to keep stroking her.

 

     
 
 
 
 

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