A Poodle Who Brings Joy To Patients And Hospital Staff

The Love From A Poodle Helps Uplift Patients Spirits

There is a four-legged hero that comes to Littleton Adventist Hospital and that hero is A Poodle Who Brings Joy To Patients And Hospital Staff. What I have to point out here is not only does the poodle nicknamed “doctor dog” help raise the spirits of the hospital patients, but also brings a much needed lift to the Nurses and other staff members as well. Check out the story below about how much of an impact the loving care and warm, friendly nature of a therapy dog can have by reading about A Poodle Who Brings Joy To Patients And Hospital Staff.

Caby, which is short for Cabernet Sauvignon, seems perfectly at home in her role as “Doctor Dog,” one of the 9-year-old poodle’s several nicknames. Twice a month, the fluffy black pup dons her official ID badge and prances through the halls of Littleton Adventist Hospital, spreading joy through her mastery of bedside manner.

Caby and her owner, Sandra Berkley, began volunteering for the hospital’s pet visitation program four years ago. The initiative arranges for dog-and-owner teams to travel from room to room, spending time with patients.

“It’s just a wonderful program to be involved in, for me and for Caby as well. She actually looks forward to coming,” Berkley said.

The visiting dogs work wonders to improve most patients’ moods. Berkley shared a story recently about another dog-and-owner tandem that went into the room of an unresponsive man. When the man’s hand was placed on the dog’s head, he opened his eyes.

“We know that pets, particularly dogs, really help people heal. People respond beautiful to animals,” said Catherine Bartley, the hospital’s manager of volunteer services.

Beyond all of the medicine and the treatments one can receive, sometimes it’s the simplest form of healing that is the loving touch of an animal and the kindness of unconditional love that a poodle can bring that makes the most difference in a patient’s day. I know from much personal experience of the power animals have to turn your mood around when you have had a tough day. There is nothing as healing as getting some puppy love or poodle love, as it is the case here with Caby, A Poodle Who Brings Joy To Patients And Hospital Staff.

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Poodle Mix Helps Children With Reading

Here’s an article with a heart-warming story of how a poodle mix helps children with reading at a local public library. This is a specially trained Labradoodle named Bentley and he is a reading companion that accompanies children in the Foley Public Library at specific days and times.

I thought that this story was of interest because it shows that not only can therapy dogs be an asset to children’s education, but what a great way to get kids to show up at a library and motivate them to sit down with a good book.   As a poodle lover myself, I thought that this was a great story about an excellent program geared towards children, so please read on about the poodle mix helps children with reading.

Bentley, a highly trained, certified “R.E.A.D. Program” Golden Labradoodle will soon join the Foley Public Library’s part time staff!  Thanks to the Reading Education Assistance Dogs® program, Bentley and his human, Lynda Folks, will be in the children’s area of the library waiting for YOU to come by and read! R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their handler as a team, going to schools, libraries, and many other settings as reading companions for children.

I thought this was a great example of a creative way to incorporate a trained service dog into a children’s section of a library, making the experience of going to the library that much more enjoyable and exciting for these kids who get to meet Bentley, the poodle mix helps children with reading.

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I learned more about the R.E.A.D. (which stands for Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program by checking out their website which tells all about the program.  Here’s what I discovered about this great program:

The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy mentors.

The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog. R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children.

Today, thousands of registered R.E.A.D. teams work throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and beyond. R.E.A.D. is one of those ideas that, in the words of Bill Moyers, “pierces the mundane to arrive at the marvelous.”

Intermountain Therapy Animals, a nonprofit organization, launched R.E.A.D. in 1999 as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of reading to dogs, and the program has been spreading rapidly and happily ever since!


I can see why this would be a great part of any library and would be a terrific addition to any library.  I hope to see this program expanded and really enjoyed learning about how this poodle mix helps children with reading.