Born in 2009, Gibbs Theradoodle is a handsome young Goldendoodle. First introduced to North America and Australia in the late 1990s, these “designer dogs” were originally bred for service work. Breeders crossed the extremely affectionate Golden Retriever with the no-shedding Standard Poodle to design one of the most intelligent, easily trainable, and low-to-no-shedding dogs available today. Both Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles are considered in the top five most intelligent breeds, so the Goldendoodle receives a double dose when it comes to brains and temperament.
Gibbs enjoys readers of all ages,
and they enjoy reading to him.
Gibbs Theradoodle is no exception. Gibbs earned the AKC Canine Good Citizen award at only 10 months old. He became a Registered Delta Society Pet Partner Therapy Dog at 12 months, and followed that by becoming a Reading Education Assistance Dog® (R.E.A.D.®).
Smiling for the camera
on an extra special day.
Gibbs stays very busy reading with the children of Hillside Academy in Garland, Texas, where his Pet Partner is the school counselor. Gibbs also does Canine Assisted Play Therapy with his partner in her private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist. He particularly enjoys working with adolescents.
A pat for each page turn.
Life is good.
Recently, Gibbs Theradoodle teamed up with LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Texas). LIFT is a non-profit organization started in 1961 by the Dallas Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. It is supported by a wide variety of foundations, corporations, and volunteer teachers. The purpose of LIFT is to teach illiterate and low literate adults to read English. According to LIFT, nearly half the adult population in Texas cannot read a newspaper. It is the mission of LIFT "to enhance lives and strengthen communities by raising the adult literacy rate in Texas."