Taka’s Page


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Hi, my name is Taka and I am a German Shepherd Dog.  My Mom says my name means hawk in Japanese.  I am a therapy dog and a Reading Education Assistance Dog.  I will be 4 years old on my birthday in April this year.  At home I have a big sister named Emma.  She is a German Shepherd also and she is a lot of fun to play with.  She chases me all the time.  My favorite thing to play with is a ball.  Any kind of ball will do but I really enjoy Jolly Balls and tennis balls.  I am a Canine Good Citizen and have been going to dog school since I was 10 weeks old.  I have fun in class and learn how to compete in obedience and rally.  I have earned a Rally Novice title and am working on my Rally Advanced title.  My Mom and I are members of Love on a Leash Therapy K-9s in Athens, Alabama. 

I visit nursing homes and convalescent centers.  I also visit our local veterans home and I get to make the veterans smile when they see me wearing my military costume.  My family and I are thankful for our military and their families.

I have my own reading program called the Tales with Taka program at the Redstone Arsenal library in Huntsville, Alabama.  The library is one of my favorite places to visit.  The librarians play ball with me while my Mom is setting up our reading space, and they can throw the ball really far.  It is so fun!  My very favorite thing to do is lay down beside children while they read interesting books to me.  I love the sound of their voices, and sometimes I will put my big head in their laps so I can listen even more closely.  I like to see the pictures in the books too.  My Mom helps me give out treat bags to the children who are part of my reading pack.  We tell them how to be safe around dogs and how to behave around dogs they don't know.  I give big kisses when you give me a treat after reading to me.  Children who read to me five times receive their very own copy of one of my favorite books and I even pawtograph the book.  I sign the books with my big front paw.  One day I received a gift from the post commander.  It was a very nice plaque with a commander's coin in it, and he read it to me and thanked me for lovingly and patiently listening to over 100 pack readers.  My library job is great!

In March of 2010, I was inducted into the Alabama Animal Hall of Fame for my therapy work and my work at the library.  My Mom and Dad dressed up really nice, and I even wore my tuxedo.  It was fun to meet the other therapy dogs that were honored that night.  You can see me in my tuxedo at www.alvma.com under Hall of Fame 2010 inductees.

I get to meet new children every month and hear wonderful stories from our readers.  I want everyone to know how much fun libraries are.  If you would like to talk to me, please send me an email at Taka@readingpaws.org.  You can share your favorite books with me, and I'll tell you about some of my favorite stories.  Come by the library some time and let's put our noses in a good book!