This is Murphy, an 8-year old Goldendoodle living in Vancouver, Washington. A cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle, Goldendoodles are typically friendly toward children, other dogs and pets, and comfortable with strangers. They are social dogs, happiest when with people. Noted for their intelligence, eagerness to please, and love of learning, Goldendoodles are usually very easy to train. They are not a recognized purebred breed so there is no standard size, but most of them grow to be medium- or large-sized dogs.
Murphy has been registered with Pet Partners and Reading Education Assistance Dogs.® since 2011. Students in the second grade at Sifton Elementary School read to him once a week.
Murphy’s partner is Susannah Lints, co-founder of Pawsitive Reading Pals, which is part of the Pawsitive Reading Pals Group in Oregon and SW Washington. She helped form the group to support others in becoming R.E.A.D. teams and to raise funds to purchase books for the children they read with. The club currently has 5 active teams volunteering in schools and libraries.