Toby is a handsome Goldendoodle that lives in Racine, Wisconsin, with his R.E.A.D. partner, Pat, and visits an elementary school in Kenosha. This popular combination of Golden Retriever and Poodle is not a recognized purebred; rather, it is a specific type of mixed-breed dog or “crossbreed.” They typically are loving and loyal, intelligent and friendly, and great with kids. They are known to be easily trained, comfortable with strangers and other dogs, and they love to play—especially retrieving games such as fetching sticks, balls, and Frisbees.
"Go, Dog. Go!" is one of my favorites.
Let's read it together.
During his first year in the R.E.A.D. program, Toby worked with three boys, one in fifth grade and two in third grade. All had reading challenges and lacked confidence in their ability to read. That changed when Toby came into their lives, as all of them made significant improvement by the end of the school year.
Ahh, life is good.
Pat obtained permission from the boys’ families to take photos and short movies of their sons with Toby, and she says she is so glad they allowed her to do so as they beautifully illustrate the bond between the boys and Toby.
Boys 'n books, smiles 'n stories ...
reading is fun!
A retired middle school counselor, Pat says what transpired between Toby and those boys was “one of the most amazing and humbling things I have ever seen.”