Upcoming R.E.A.D. Events
Find a good book and curl up with a special Ottawa Therapy Dog at a library near you to discover how much fun reading can be! Unique 15-minute sessions make reading relaxing and fun.
Don’t miss Charlie’s visit to the Arnprior Library!
March Break at the Arnprior Library wouldn’t be the same without a visit from Charlie! Don’t miss your chance to R.E.A.D. your favourite book with him on March 17th from 1 – 2 p.m.. Call Carolyn Swayze at the Arnprior Library to register and for more information: (613) 623-2279. The Arnprior Library is located at 21 Madawaska Street in Arnprior.
New R.E.A.D. program at Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau – Lucy-Faris!
Luther will be R.E.A.D.ing every Sunday from 1 – 2 p.m. from February 5th – March 12th, 2017. Please contact the branch for registration details – 819 685 5009. The library is located at 115, rue Principale in Gatineau.
Ottawa Public Library’s Carp branch launches new R.E.A.D. program!
Pico and Mina will be taking turns reading every two weeks beginning Saturday, January 14th at 2 p.m. at the Carp branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Offered in English (Mina) and French (Pico is bilingual!). Registration is required – please call 613 580 2940 to reserve space. The library is located at 3911 Carp Road. Full details are available here.
R.E.A.D. with your favourite dog at Centennial Branch!
Centennial’s new R.E.A.D. schedule for 2017 is ready: January 28th, February 25th, March 25th, April 22nd, May 20th and June 17th. Sessions run from 2 – 3 p.m. Space is limited, so please register by calling the branch directly – 613 828 5142. The Centennial branch of the Ottawa Public Library is located at 3870 Old Richmond Road. Full details are available here.
R.E.A.D. Program returns to the Chelsea Library!
Winter sessions continue at the Chelsea Library on January 28th, February 25th, March 25th and April 29th from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Register by calling 819 827 4019 for your chance to read one-on-one with a special R.E.A.D. dog! Offered in English and French. The Chelsea Library is located at 100 Old Chelsea Road in Chelsea, Quebec.
R.E.A.D. in the News
Ottawa Therapy Dogs Releases New ‘Working with Kids in the Autism Spectrum’ Toolbox
We’re excited to announce that Ottawa Therapy Dogs’ partnership with Colleen Thurston has culminated in the release of a special OTD Toolbox entitled ‘Working with Kids in the Autism Spectrum’ – a great resource for incorporating animal-assisted therapy into working with children (or adults) with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Many thanks to Colleen and OTD’s own Claire Laroche & Nellie for all of their hard work and commitment to this special project! Read all about it here.
ASD Workshop for R.E.A.D. Handlers
On April 26th @6:30 p.m., Colleen Thurston, a well-known professional in the field of autism, offered a workshop to increase understanding and support our therapy dog teams in their interactions with children/youth/adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or in situations of high anxiety.
Radio-Canada features R.E.A.D. Program at Berrigan Elementary School
Reporter, Patrick Pilon, interviewed student, Stewart Crisford, and Ottawa Therapy Dogs’ R.E.A.D. team, Mary Jane Maffini & Lily en français for the evening news airing March 11th on Radio-Canada as part of their ma recette santé series. To watch the segment, please click here.
[Sidebar photo, from left to right: Stewart Crisford, Patrick Pilon (reporter), Lily & Mary Jane Maffini and Jacques Corriveau (camera).]
Kanata Golf & Country Club’s Annual Ladies Member Guest Tournament raises $2,000 for R.E.A.D. Program!
Many thanks to Susan Wright and Carol Young who organized this charity golf tournament and chose Ottawa Therapy Dogs and our R.E.A.D. program as this year’s beneficiary. The tournament was held on July 24th and Jordy, Gogo and Tara (who was fittingly named after a golf course, according to Rosemary!) were happy to make an appearance and meet the ladies before they headed out on the course. The Kanata Golf & Country Club’s Annual Ladies Member Guest Tournament raised $2,000 and we are very grateful for their wonderful support!
From left to right, the “divas” with Tara, Gogo and Jordy are: Sue Cousineau, Bonnie Thelen, Judy Simser, Judy Hansen. Photo credit: Bob Keyes
Special ‘Thank You’ to Ms. Elias’ Grade 7 Class!
A very special thank you from R.E.A.D. dog, Xecel, and all of us at Ottawa Therapy Dogs’ R.E.A.D. program to Ms. Elias’ 2012/13 Grade 7 students at Glashan Intermediate School! After Xecel and his handler, Sandra, came to visit their class to speak about the work of Ottawa Therapy Dogs in local schools, libraries and hospitals, the class decided to help raise money to support our programs! They organized a huge bake sale and raised $103.25! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, initiative and support!
‘Ottawa Citizen’ Reporter drops in at the Centennial R.E.A.D. Program
April 2013. R.E.A.D. dogs Lia and Jake had a surprise visitor on April 27th when reporter, Chris Cobb, and photographer, Bruno Schlumberger, came to the library to find out what Reading Education Assistance Dogs were all about. They were greeted with enthusiastic librarians, parents and (most importantly!) kids who LOVE Ottawa Therapy Dogs!
Read the full article (and check out the great photos of Lia!) here.
Local R.E.A.D. Library Program highlighted in Ottawa Community News
February 2013. Reporter Jennifer McIntosh covered the recent R.E.A.D. program at Barrhaven’s Ruth E. Dickinson branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Many thanks to Nathanael Schoenhals and his mother for sharing their experience with the R.E.A.D. program!
A few quick corrections:
1. Ottawa Therapy Dogs is based in Ottawa, not Manotick.
2. Although Ottawa Therapy Dogs does have a list of schools who are waiting for a R.E.A.D. team, the library program itself does not currently have a waiting list. You can register for upcoming monthly library programs by calling either the Centennial branch or the Chelsea Library above.
Read the full article here.
‘Journal de Montréal’ features R.E.A.D. Dog, Maki!
January 2013. Special columnist Renée Laurin published a wonderful article, Apprendre à Lire avec un Chien, highlighting Johanne Demers’ and Maki’s special role in helping children learn how to read at l’école Montessori de l’Outaouais. “Read all about it!” here: R.E.A.D. Article – Laurin – Journal de Montréal 01.29.1013
Ottawa Therapy Dogs’ R.E.A.D. Video Launched at Annual Dinner!
With many thanks to Carleton University journalism students, Sherry Aske and Iman Azman, Ottawa Therapy Dogs is thrilled to announce that we have our very own R.E.A.D. video, a wonderful overview of the amazing ‘magic’ that our R.E.A.D. teams make happen in schools and libraries across the city! Check it out for yourself by clicking here: OTD’s R.E.A.D. Video
R.E.A.D. Program Hits the News in the ‘Ottawa Citizen’ for Raise-a-Reader Day!
September 2012. Ottawa Therapy Dogs’ R.E.A.D. program made the news in the September 19th edition of the ‘Ottawa Citizen’! Karen Chen’s article included a wonderful photo of Aurora Tracy, 9, reading to Gogo from his favourite book. A special thank you to the Ottawa Citizen Literacy Foundation for providing funding for the R.E.A.D. program in local schools and libraries! Read all about it here!
Ruff Reading! R.E.A.D. Coordinator guest blogs for PAWSH Magazine
July 2012. PAWSH Magazine’s website wonderfully featured a guest blog all about Ottawa Therapy Dogs’ R.E.A.D. program in local schools and libraries on July 10th, 2012! Many thanks to Brittany Veinot of PhoDOGrapher for her amazing photos and to Laura Benn for her support of all things ‘dog’! Read all about it here!
GrouchyPuppy dog blog picks up Arnprior EMC story about R.E.A.D. program
July 2012. We’re thrilled that Sharon Castellanos, San Francisco dog blogger and Editor-at-Large of LIFE+DOG Magazine, featured the recent R.E.A.D. article in the Arnprior EMC on her GrouchyPuppy blog!
In fact, OTD’s R.E.A.D. dogs seem to be making a bit of a splash in California – the Santa Cruz Westside Animal Hospital have also been tweeting about the article! Maybe it’s time for R.E.A.D. dogs to join the world of Twitter and learn how to tweet!
Upcoming R.E.A.D. program at Arnprior Public Library featured in EMC
July 2012. This week’s edition of the Arnprior EMC includes a feature article about Ottawa Therapy Dog’s upcoming R.E.A.D. program at the Arnprior Public Library. According to Carolyn Swayze, Children’s & Teen Services, “What could be better than cuddling up with a dog and a good book?” Indeed! > Read all about it here!
You can also read the follow-up article here.
Family Literacy Day 2012
Family Literacy Day was ushered in on January 27th with DAWG FM’s Dylan Black interviewing Chantel Hutter & Lola on the ‘Dawg’s Breakfast’. Lola wonderfully agreed to ‘speak’ her mind when asked, charming listeners across the region. Later that afternoon, Chantel & Lola participated in a “Read-in” with the Western Quebec School Board at the Aylmer Mall with rave reviews in the Bulletin d’Aylmer and The Equity. As Chantel says, Lola is “50% Airedale, 50% Standard Poodle, and 100% huggable!” You can read the article in The Equity here.
R.E.A.D. dog blogs on Kittling: Books!
November 2011. One of our ‘human’ R.E.A.D. team members, Mary Jane Maffini, is a mystery writer and the author of several books. In fact, in her Charlotte Adams series, there are two miniature dachshunds, much like her own dogs, Lily and Daisy, who are trying to become therapy dogs. Cathy from Kittling: Books, a writer’s blog, allowed Lily to ‘write’ a guest blog on her website. > Read Lily’s guest blog here.
Healthwise Magazine highlights Ottawa Therapy Dogs’ R.E.A.D. program in their Fall 2011 issue.
“When is ‘read’ spelled w-o-o-f?” Find out by reading Barb Wilson’s article in Healthwise Magazine. > Check out the article here.
Today’s Parent takes a national view of R.E.A.D. across Canada.
Canadian parents can learn more about the R.E.A.D. program in their own communities with a feature article by Amy Baskin in the May 2011 issue of Today’s Parent magazine. > Read all about it here.
Ottawa Therapy Dogs’ R.E.A.D. program featured in The Oscar.
March 2011. William Burr’s excellent article, ‘A Teacher’s Best Friend,’ highlights our R.E.A.D. program with insight from members Margot Montgomery and Karen Luker. Read the article here. Check back soon to listen to William Burr’s radio commentary on his local blog!
CBC Radio One Highlights Ottawa Therapy Dogs’ R.E.A.D. Program
February 2011. CBC Radio’s popular ‘Ottawa Morning Show’ shone the spotlight on our R.E.A.D. program in an interview with Margot Montgomery and her Portuguese water dog, Jazz. Kathleen Petty and Margot discussed Ottawa Therapy Dogs’ unique literacy initiative using animal-assisted therapy in the context of children reading to dogs in schools and libraries.