Spirit Ridge's "Ochi", RNMCL, RNT!
Ridge's "Jesse" Goes to the Movies!
Ridge's 'Paws for Literacy®'
Spirit Ridge K9 Crew
videos and slideshows of our dogs
Testimonials and Newsprint Articles about Spirit Ridge
of Interest to Dog 'Owners'!
Rescued Friends' Hall of Fame
Tribute to Koukla's life
(Sept 1995-May 2008)
'Paws for Literacy®' Programme
do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy,
confident children who love to read.
Teachers, Librarians, children and parents agree -- it's an unbeatable
great pride that Spirit Ridge K9 Training & Rescue,
has partnered with the Wellington County
- Hillsburgh Branch staff to introduce a community-based
literacy programme where
children are invited to visit the library, pick a book, get paired up with a
libraries and schools across North America, a loyal and tireless group of
literacy volunteers are teaching kids to read. They don’t demand salary, they
never complain or show signs of boredom. They receive nothing more than a cookie
and a head scratch for their efforts. They are dogs, and they work miracles for
children’s literacy. Even kids who know how to read flock to these dogs just
for fun while growing their vocabulary and public speaking skills in the
process. The greatest beneficiaries, by far, are those who have obstacles to
reading and speaking.
In fact, golf great Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods is a famous example. The 'Tiger'
used to stutter; before facing a human audience, he would practice speeches and
presentations using his dog, Boom. He was building confidence with the help of
his dog and realized that if he could do it for Boom, he could also win the
Dogs provide an attentive, non-judgmental audience for young readers. They
don’t criticize or laugh. They don’t act bored, hurried and impatient. They
are there just to listen. Kids develop a love of reading while bonding
over a shared story. The
children's confidence and reading skills grow in a relaxing environment. It's
course, as an added bonus, children develop a healthy appreciation for dogs and
learn to interact with dogs in a positive, supportive situation – something
Spirit Ridge always strives for!
We are not just talking about any
dogs! Spirit Ridge K9 Training & Rescue pre-selected and invited a
dozen dogs and their handlers to an in-house selection process that occurred in
early January 2009 .......... (next page)