Lucy is a Goldendoodle, shown here with a 4th grade reader at Lemme Elementary School. Lucy and other Pet Partner® teams visit several elementary schools in Iowa City as well as at Iowa City Public Library and Coralville Public
Lucy loves this story,"The Digging-est Dog,"
The Goldendoodle (sometimes called a “Doodle”) gets its name because of its mixed parentage of two purebred dogs, a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Many people consider them terrific family dogs, friendly, intelligent, affectionate, and easy to train. They can inherit a coat that’s wavy like a retriever or curly like a Poodle, but it’s usually something in between. They are likely to shed little, if at all, due to the qualities of a Poodle’s fur, and thus are a popular choice for people with allergies.
Books with Golden Retrievers and Poodles include:
Can I Be Good? By Livingston Taylor & Ted Rand (illustrator)
Coco and Cavendish: Circus Dogs, by Judy Sierra and Paul Meisel
My Big Dog, By Janet Stevens (illustrator) & Susan Stevens Crummel
Riptide, by Frances Ward Weller
Ollie smiles, waiting to hear "Happy Tails" again.
Ollie is a Bichon Frise. He was born in October 2006 and is a wonderful Pet Partner for children to read to. He shares the household with his sister, Lucy, above. Bichons are typically very friendly and alert, and it's easy to see Ollie is a perfect example.
Books with a Bichon Frise in them include:
My Name is Cody, by Philip E. Tait
One Incredible Dog! Kizzy, by Chris Williams
Woof! Cute as a Button, by Wendy Loggia
This is an example of the bookmarks used by the Iowa City R.E.A.D. Program:
Sadie is a great listener and a very good snuggler.
Sadie, a Cocker Spaniel mix, was only about 1 week old when Sara saw her in 2004 at the Heart & Soul Animal Sanctuary in New Mexico. She began therapy dog work in 2008 after they moved to Iowa and has loved working with children at Mark Twain Elementary School in Iowa City and at Van Allen Elementary in North Liberty.
Books with Cocker Spaniels in them include:
Katie: Up and Down the Hall, by Glenn Plaskin
Lady and the Tramp, by Walt Disney
Not Better...Not Worse...Just Different, by Sharon Scott and Nicholas
The Great Spaniel Escape, by Coleen Hubbard
Garbo relaxes with a good story.
Sadie was so upset when Sara’s older poodle, Greta Garbo, died, Sara decided to look for another. First rescued from a puppy mill by a foster group, “Garbo” came to live with Sara when she was about 10 months old. She is a wonderful, very sweet dog, and passed her therapy dog tests within 6 months. She works with children at Polk Elementary School in Cedar Rapids and is known as the most popular “student” there.\
Books with Poodles in them include:
Sometimes I Wonder if Poodles Like Nodles, by Laura Numeroff
The Christmas Poodle, by Robert Humphrey
Who wants to be a Poodle? I don't, by Lauren Child
No one can resist reading to Maggie!
Born in 2007, Maggie is an English Setter that was rescued by Susie and her family from the Jasper County Humane Shelter in Newton, Iowa, when she was about six months old. At their first meeting, she tried to jump into their son's lap and they knew immediately she would be a great therapy dog. She also helped everyone get over the death of their beloved dog Abby, who died a month before they adopted Maggie. Maggie reads with the kids at Lucas Elementary in Iowa City. She loves going to school and to the library! She is very gentle and loves to play and show off her tricks! Anything for a treat!
Stories about English Setters include:
A Brief Autumn's Passage, by Steven Mulak
A Comfortable Range, by Jim McDermott
(Click on the titles above for a brief description and convenient ordering information.)