Miss Sophie Grey’s Page

 

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Hi! Hello Everyone. 
My name is Miss Sophie Grey.

I am so happy to be a participant in the Alabama READing Paws program.  As you can see from my pictures, I am a Yorkshire Terrier and I live with my mom and dad in Athens, Alabama. 

I began studying obedience at House of Paws K-9 Academy when I was just a puppy.  After a lot of work and practice I earned my CGC (Canine Good Citizen) award, my RN (Rally Novice) title, and my CD (Companion Dog) title.  I also had lots of fun training in agility (I struggled to get up that big A-frame). 

Going to school and dog trials was  fun, but I wanted  to do more so my mom and I took the test with Therapy Dogs, Inc., we passed, and we were  then a registered therapy dog team with TDInc.  Some of my other friends also became therapy dogs when I did and we started a local group, Love on a Leash Therapy K-9’s (loltherapyk9s.com). We began visiting, on a weekly basis, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, an Alzheimer facility, area schools, and a veteran’s home in a neighboring city.  What fun…I love making my friends smile!

Because I really enjoyed visiting with the children at school my mom researched the R.E.A.D. program with Intermountain Therapy Animals.  I practiced reading with my mom’s students and soon my mom and I became a registered R.E.A.D.  team.  Now I get to go to schools and libraries where I get to hear wonderful stories, get lots of love, and some occasional treats from some fantastic readers.

On March 6, 2010, I was inducted into the Alabama Animal Hall of Fame by the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association along with the Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation for my therapy work and my assistance in helping to build confident and skilled readers through the RE.A.D. program.  I was so excited, what a night…..one I will never forget!

Now I have my own READing program at the Houston Memorial Library here in Athens and  I call it “4 Paws and a Book”.  If you are ever in Athens, please plan to come and READ with me.

I love getting notes and letters, so if you want to write to me, you can email me at MissSophieGrey@READingPaws.org and I’ll read it and write you back!