"Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how."
~Author Unknown

All-Around READing Dogs
Iowa ~ "Stella"  

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel listening to a by read a book to her.

You are such a good reader.

The preschool age beginning readers enjoy becoming at ease with a book by showing her pictures while at the same time learning how to greet, be gentle, and respect a dog. The Special Education class is able to practice their assigned reading materials with Stella to help them gain confidence and achieve their assigned goals for their teacher. Often hearing-impaired students will use sign language for Stella, they seem to share a secret bond. Teens at middle school and other facilities (including children with special needs and emotional or behavioral disorders) welcome the opportunity to socialize with Stella and read books aloud to fine-tune literacy skills which can be improved upon at any level.

Therapy dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, accepting friendly pets from children.

Smiles for new friends.

Young students particularly enjoy reading books about dogs to Stella.

Colorful drawing of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Stella, in her READ bandana.

A special portrait of a special
R.E.A.D. personality.

Her favorite book to share with them is a R.E.A.D. book in which she “stars” as Princess Stella along with the main character, Danny, the famous UK listening dog, and her big brother Jesse Junior, who is also a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a therapy dog..

Books about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels include.

Abbey the Cavi in Miami Beach, by Lisa Balaam
Charlie the Cavalier Goes to the Amusement Park, by Dr. Lisa Rusczyk
Little Gabby Meets Her New Family, by K. R.Watson

Stella's favorite book is the one where she appears as "Princess Stella" with Danny the Greyhound: Danny Strikes Out in America, by Judy Bee.

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

Stella, a ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has been involved in therapy work since she passed the necessary testing requirements at one year of age.

King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Volunteers in Action

Volunteers are love in motion!

She has continued to volunteer steadily for several years with great pleasure and confidence that comes with experience. She keeps very busy in new venues with her partner, Janet, who is also the Director of a local non-profit organization, Corridor Therapy Dogs, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Stella wearing her Reading Education Assistance Dog bandana.

Stella proudly poses for her photo op.

This small spaniel originated in England during the reign of King Charles II (1660-1685). Cavaliers come in four colors, Blenheim, ruby, black and tan, and tri-color. They were a favorite of the Royals and continue to be a popular breed in the United Kingdom. Being small, portable, very friendly, and easy to train, they are perfect for going to many places and meeting all types of people.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with three schoolgirls reading to her.

It's fun, to be surrounded
by children and books.

Stella, even as a puppy was relaxed, patient and obedient. When making therapy visits she seems to know exactly what is expected of her. She loves children, adults, and the elderly equally. Folks enjoy holding her on their laps and she is often invited onto beds at care centers. Her sweet presence lifts spirits and brightens the days of the residents and her hospice patients.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel therapy dog relaxing as boy reads to her.

Stella relaxes and enjoys the story.

When strutting through the hallways wagging her tail, she will stop to greet that special “someone” and knows how to make them melt and get big smiles when she decides to roll over on her back for a lengthy tummy rub!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel greeting school girl.

Stella and this girl
might like to share a hug.

The R.E.A.D.® Program has been very rewarding for this team. From library reading programs featuring several dogs on a regular basis to specializing in individual sessions for schools, Stella has been fortunate to spend time with all ages of students, often working in two or three schools each school year.