Molly is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. It is believed Chessies developed from several breeds such as the Newfoundland, Irish Water Spaniel, and Bloodhound, and they are one of the few breeds originating in the United States. Chessies are large active dogs that need daily exercise.
Molly loves a good workout.
They especially love long vigorous walks or chance to swim, but in spite of being active outside they tend to be calm indoors.
Nicknamed "Molly the Moose," Molly
loves being with children.
Molly is the second therapy literacy dog in her family, filling the pawprints of another Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Kayla when she had to retire. As any two dogs of the same breed can differ, Molly has a different personality than Kayla. Molly is dominant where Kayla was submissive, she needs to work in a situation where she is the only dog, and her endless energy means she needs an extra workout both the day before and the day of her therapy visits to ensure a more calm reading experience. Her handlers are learning to adapt her training, adjust the reading program, and work with her to reinforce good behavior. Molly works in a third grade class at Fall River School. Her owner is in the process of helping the Columbus Public Library start a monthly READ To A Dog night.