Kermit is a Newfoundland, a large breed known to be the most extreme water dog on the planet. An ideal working dog with a natural lifesaving tendency and willingness to retrieve anything from water that has fallen in, a “Newfie” is said to have saved Napoleon Bonaparte when he fell overboard on his way back to France from exile.
Ahh, tummy rubs 'n stories...
life is good!
These calm, sweet-tempered dogs have also been described as one of the very best dogs for children. The nursemaid who helped the children in J .M. Barrie's book Peter Pan is a Newfoundland named Nana.
Kermit likes listening to all kinds of books.
Kermit’s R.E.A.D.® partner, Bonnie, had been doing therapy work with her first Newf, Lakhota. They visited hospitals, rehab facilities, and nursing homes. Bonnie has been involved with Newfoundlands for more than 15 years. Unfortunately, due to her Multiple Sclerosis, she had to stop visiting those institutions because she was getting sick too often.
Big pillows are really nice
for big dogs and big boys.
Kermit joined her home when he was 10 weeks old, and Bonnie knew she wanted to do the R.E.A.D. program with him. Since 2010, she and Kermit have been volunteering at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.
Yes, Kermit is a great pillow.
Morton and Barbara Mandel from the Mandel Foundation were so impressed by the work Bonnie and Kermit do in the library’s Dog Tales program, and by the positive impact it has had on the children that come to the library, they donated $5 million to the library foundation.
Fozzie relaxes while listening to
a good story.
Kermit's young nephew, Fozzie Bear, has also become a registered therapy dog. The two of them often visit the library together.