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Bella 

She was born on February 14, 2009 (Valentine’s Day).  She is a rescue dog.  Her mom was a Labrador and Golden Retriever mix.  Bella loves to swim after her floaty toy at the Columbia River.  She loves to chase to squirrels, but has yet to catch one.  Bella shares her house with a cat named 5-Ball.  She loves to nuzzle 5-Ball’s ears and neck.  Bella enjoys having children read to her at the library.  She also visits patients at Trios Hospital.  Her favorite toy is a stuffed Barney that she carries around with her all the time. 

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Cali

A therapy dog for the PAWS to Read program, is a four year old golden doodle. She is part golden retriever, part poodle. She is part of the therapy dog program at the Richland Public Library. We purchased Cali in Redmond, Oregon, She was a pretty funny looking puppy with hair going every which way but she has turned into a very cute dog that makes people smile. She has another dog and two cats in her home. Cali is part of the therapy dog group called “Love on a Leash”. In addition to visiting the library, Cali also visits retirement homes, clinics and Washington State University prior to finals week. We haven’t found a venue that she doesn’t like. She likes all ages and makes people smile. We both love to get acquainted with people and to hopefully make their day a little brighter

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Chai

Chai is a happy little dog that likes to play with squeaky toys, chew bones, and Therapy Dog Dani. His favorite game of all is to do Nose Work like a police dog except instead of looking for explosives he looks for special scents like birch (which smells a bit like root beer). He also likes to look out the window to watch the golfers, rabbits, and birds in the back yard. I think he would maybe like to run after the golf balls but he knows he needs to stay on the patio and he is a very good boy about that.

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 Dani

 Full name: Pien Ji’s Beautiful Dangerous Nickname: Dani  Dani is a two year old Shih Tzu who thinks she’s a princess and she loves lacy things. However with “Dangerous” as a last name, she’s not afraid to hang out with big guys – soldiers and veterans being some of her favorite people. She’s a sweet coquette topeople with walkers and wheelcharis; a tomboy to anyone who will toss her mini tennis ball; and a darling enchantress coaxing giggles and smiles from the shyest child or tired adult. That’s why the middle name is “Beautiful!”

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Goldie

My name is Goldie and I am 6 ½ years old Pembroke Welch Corgi / Yellow Lab mix. I came to live with my family 3 ½ years ago and now I never want to leave them. I have a cat named Dizzy and we chase each other and play tag. At night we can often be found sleeping together. My best friend is Rita who is also a library Therapy Dog. I always look both ways before crossing the street to make sure no cars are coming. I love Mondays in the library and especially like having my belly rubbed.

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Jack

A Golden Retriever. He enjoys going to the library to listen to all his friends read to him. They are such good readers! My mom takes me running in the desert where I get to sniff for jackrabbits, birds, snakes and squirrels. My mom makes sure I stay away from skunks. Whew! My favorite foods are pumpkin, peas and carrots and pickled asparagus. I do not like lettuce. Elvis, our family cat, lets me lick her bowl clean. I love cat food.

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Jitterbug

Jitterbug is a Boston Terrier who is a very energetic little clown who LOVES her ball. She was born in Wyoming and comes from a long line of Champions. When she's not reading with kids at the library, visiting the Cancer Center, or several Memory Care facilities, she competes in Agility, Obedience, and Rally. She lives with a Doberman who is also a Therapy Dog.

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Malo

Full Name: Pien Ji’s Bad to the Bone Nickname: Malo Although Malo means “bad” in Spanish, this fur baby is anything but. This three year old Shih Tzu has AKC CGC, CGCA titles, and his Love on a Leash certification. He has also earned his AKC THD title. Malo loves his job and considers his day a success when he has put a smile on someone’s face. He brings joy to residents in assisted living facilities, Alzheimer’s units, cancer patients, veterans, and university students suffering the anxiety of semester finals. Malo is GOOD.

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Rita

My name is Margarita but I go by 'Rita for short. My mom rescued me from the pound two years ago, but so don't know exactly how old I am or exactly where I came from. I am probably 5 years old and at least part American Staffordshire Terrier. Yes, I am one of the dogs people call a pit bull. I also compete in agility and like to run. I am a certified therapy dog. I am very gentle and loyal and I hope to show people that not all pit bulls are mean. Please come read to me and you will see how sweet I am.

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Scout

A Golden Retriever named for her mom’s favorite character in To Kill A Mockingbird. Her favorite pastimes are fishing and swimming (although she’s never caught a fish yet) Scout hates carrots, but loves cherries and tomatoes. She likes to eat tomatoes right from the vine (even though that makes her mom very mad!)

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Shreq

A red Doberman Pinscher who takes his work very seriously. He visits hospitals, care centers and libraries throughout the Tri-Cities. Shreq loves cheese - slices, chunks, shredded, paste, he doesn't care as long as it is cheese. He was born in New Jersey, flew to Oregon at 4 months. He became a Champion Doberman Pinscher at 11 months and moved to Kennewick at 15 months to become a Therapy Dog. Along the way he earned some obedience titles, awards for his therapy work, and many many friends. He does many kinds of therapy work including listening to kids read stories at the library! Now he teaches by example as teams follow him around learning to be therapy dogs also.

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