"Kindness is the language the blind can see
and the deaf can hear."
~ Mark Twain

 
All-Around READing Dogs
Florida ~ "Molly"  

These two read so well, Molly is
relaxing and picturing the story in her head
.

In order to become a R.E.A.D. team, they took an additional class that met in a library several towns away. Although they got lost along the way, they finally found the place and Nora says it was well worth the effort. After completing the training, they were then able to go into libraries and schools as a R.E.A.D. team.

Good friends Team Brenda and Sam
read with Molly today.

Molly and Nora are now a busy team visiting a local nursing home Thursday afternoons, the library one Saturday a month, and regular R.E.A.D. sessions at a local elementary school. Upon learning from Nora how therapy dogs like Molly can help children improve their reading skills, the Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon donated $500 to be used in furthering the reading program.

A calm and relaxed companion, Molly
is a perfect reading buddy.

At the age of 14, and after 10 years of dedicated R.E.A.D. visits and helping hundreds of young children find joy in reeading, Molly retired at the end of August 2016. The local newspaper featured a wonderful article about Molly's service, and it is obvious everyone is very pround of her. Click here to see the article and its photos.

 

Stories about Golden Retrievers include:

Bailey Bymyside, by Patricia Burlin Kennedy
My Rescued Golden: True Stories of Rescued Golden Retrievers and the Peole who Love Them, by Marjorie McHann
Rusty, the Runaway Golden Retriever, by Vince Stead

(Click on the titles above for a brief description and convenient ordering information.)

 



A beautiful Golden Retriever, Molly is another successful rescue dog that began life in horrible surroundings and yet has become a healthy, happy, trustworthy therapy dog. Originally kept as a breeder in a backyard puppy mill, digging a dirty hole in the summer to have her puppies, Molly also repeatedly dug out of that yard to get to Nora's house. Nora eventually convinced the owner to let her buy Molly, and soon she was spayed, licensed, treated for fleas and worms, and loved in a safe and comfortable home.

From Rescue to READer,
this is Molly's story
.

Having just gone through Hurricane Ivan two months before, and the resulting $40,000 damage to her home, this was not the best time to adopt Molly, but Nora felt she needed to rescue her from that horrid situation.

Poster child for her school - Good Dog!

Molly was enrolled in an obedience class and, according to Nora, "took to the training like a duck takes to water."

Molly is gentle with all ages
of book lovers
.

It was obvious from the beginning that Molly's sweet personality and love for children would help her become an excellent therapy dog. After Molly learned her basic obedience and earned her Canine Good Citizen title, she and Nora began a Delta Therapy Dog Class. That turned out to be a wonderful experience for both of them. The class met every Saturday at a local nursing home for six weeks. Next there was a comprehensive practical evaluation at a new location, where Molly did just fine and qualified as a Delta Registered Pet Partner

 

 

     
 
 
 
 

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