My friend Sandy has an Afghan Hound named Carson.
This sweet friendly BEAUTIFUL dog is a registered therapy dog,
and Sandy works with him in a wonderful program called
"READING WITH ROVER"
These are watercolor paintings I did of him this past week
Dogs who have gone through the training process
(and are of the right temperament)
are taken to school classrooms,
bookstores, and other events,
and children come and sit with a dog
AND READ TO THEM!
Studies have shown that a dogs calming effect
and friendship and non-judgemental listening skills
help to increase a child's reading abilities.
Sandy took Carson this summer to a weekly reading group
at an elementary school, with several other
Reading With Rover dogs.
This year he will also participate in a program with
developmentally challenged children who will walk with him
~ and be loved and encouraged by his sweet personality ~
If you would like to learn more about this program,
here is a link to the Reading With Rover website.
The photo I worked from,
taken as we sat outside of a coffee shop
Here's the sweet boy as a puppy with his buddy
If you'd like to see the stages of my watercolor painting,
you may click this link to the page on my website: