Picture puppies and children together.
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All-Around READing Dogs
California ~ "Sunny"  

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

Belfair's Sunny Treasure
with a reader at Ramona Elementary School.

Children have been reading to Sunny twice a month at the La Mesa Library in La Mesa (San Diego County), California, since October 2005. In February 2008 he added weekly visits to Hearst Elementary School in San Diego. He visited Hearst until June 2008 and then switched to Field Elementary School, also in San Diego, the following school year. In 2011, Sunny listened to numerous children read at Our Lady of Grace School in El Cajon.

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

Sunny's scarf and leash happened to match
this reader's outfit and even her book today!

In 2010, Sunny received a Shining Star award from the Collie Club of America in recognition of his efforts over his lifetime. All dogs awarded the Shining Star share as living illustrations of the many facets of collie character and ability.

Sadly, sweet Sunny Treasure trotted on over the Rainbow Bridge on June 18, 2012, at the age of 12. He is missed more than words can express.

Books about Collies include:
The Chrismas Colle, by Ted Paul
Grey Dawn, by Albert Payson Terhune
Holly, the Christmas Collie, by Melissa J. Draper
Lad: A Dog, by Albert Payson Terhune
Lassie Come-Home, by Eric Knight
Sandwiches for Duke, by Judy Ann Sadler
Wolf, by Albert Payson Terhune
Wonder Dog: The Story of Silverton Bobby, by Susan Stelljes

Sunny Treasure is a Collie. Sensitive and responsive, Collies have been used for centuries to herd and guard sheep, and they are exceptionally devoted to their family. This trait was vividly portrayed in the famous Lassie TV series and movies such as Lassie Come Home. Although the Rough Coated Collie like Lassie and Sunny is most recognizable, there is also a smooth coated variety of the breed. This child is reading and relaxing against the side of a collie, like a pillow of fur, in San Diego, California.

The best way to practice
reading at school .

Sunny was first registered for therapy work in 2005 through Therapy Dogs International, Inc., and earned the Therapy Dogs International Active (TDIA) volunteer award for 50+ therapy visits. He was next registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs Incorporated) and also became a Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.®) team member. He passed the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test and then earned a Rally Novice title. Sunny also received his Herding Instinct Certification from the American Working Collie Association and Collie Club of America. He has been on a television news program, in the newspaper, and at several schools and libraries.

Reading to Sunny is a real treat for the youngsters at La Mesa Dale Elementary School. A few times a year, the school librarian invites Sunny to the school. The children with the least number of overdue books get the privilege of reading to Sunny. One summer afternoon, 70 children read to him in just over an hour. At this school, readers spend just about 2 minutes each with him; however, they love their little reading session and have written him some wonderful thank-you notes.

     
 
 
 
 

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