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.
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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.