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​Sit, Stay, Read!Photo of dog wearing glasses and sitting by books

Emerging readers can practice reading by reading to a dog! Meet one of these furry friends below or find a program near you.

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​Meet Jojo

JoJo is a loving miniature schnauzer who will cuddle up with you while you read to her.  She is lightning fast at jumping hurdles and running tunnels on the agility course, loves watching animals on TV, and her favorite plaything is her sister Sally! 

Ironwood Library

Meet PollyPhoto of therapy reading dog Polly

Polly is a Golden Retriever and her owner brings a rotation of Golden Retrievers to the library. In addition to Polly, readers can hang out with Higgins and Bette Davis.

Mesquite Library

​Meet TeeboPhoto of therapy reading dog Teebo

Teebo is a Keeshond. Teebo's name comes from Star Wars; it's an Ewok's name! 

Mesquite Library

​Meet Truffles

Golden retriever Truffles Noel was born October 8th, 2012. She has made visits to many soldiers and people with disabilities and loves to teach them how to play ball HER way. Her favorite games are Frisbee and Hide the Treat. Truffles loves to have her ears scratched and to have children use a kind, quiet voice while they read to her. 

Ironwood Library

​Meet Cassie

Cassie is a 3-year-old labrador mix who started out homeless in New Mexico. Cassie and her 10 puppies were all rescued, fostered and adopted, and Cassie was happy to start her new life with her new Arizona family. As a registered therapy dog, she now visits hospitals, libraries and universities, and works with child therapy teams.

Ironwood Library

​Meet Raven

Raven is a total "people pooch" and was born to do therapy work!  Her basic philosophy is that she's never met someone she hasn't immediately fallen in love with. Her purpose in life is changing perceptions, one person at a time. Her birthday is in August and she has been doing therapy work since she was 2 years old. 

Ironwood Library


​Meet OrlaghPhoto of therapy dog Orlagh

Orlagh has been a therapy dog since 2011, and she passed her K9 Good Citizen test at 6 months. Her favorite toy is a tennis ball. She loves to go swimming in the pool, and swims underwater. Orlagh and her handler, Sheryl, have been volunteering at Cesar Chavez Library since September 2014.

Cesar Chavez Library



​Meet BarneyPhoto of therapy dog Barney

Barney is an 8-year-old beagle and a member of the Paws2Read group volunteering at South Mountain Public Library. He has been a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International since he was one, and he loves going to libraries and schools to read with kids, help them develop confidence, and teach them about being responsible pet friends. Barney also loves to hunt rabbits, take long hikes and nap.In addition to the library, Barney also visits students at Sequoia Pathway Academy in Maricopa each week. Kids may be interested to know Barney has had his portrait painted twice; one of the paintings is featured in a book, Jane & Co., by Houston artist John Palmer.

South Mountain Community Library

​Meet MaddyPhoto of therapy dog Maddy

Maddy is 6 years old and was found 5 years ago homeless and abused near Window Rock, Arizona. Since coming to live in Phoenix she shares her sweet and patient personality with many children when volunteering for Paws2Read. Maddy loves her time spent at the South Mountain Public Library on Saturdays meeting new children and listening to them read. Maddy is a Pet Partners registered therapy dog and also volunteers her time and love of children with Gabriel's Angels.

South Mountain Community Library

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