Welcome to the July 2018 Roxy Reporter Newsletter!

Summer is finally here, and it's the perfect time to sit back, relax, and get lost in a great book! It's even better when that book features some of our own favorite furry friends.

Here are some books you can throw into your beach bag!

Of course, our favorite canine classic is Be Like Bud!

This precious picture book proves that Bud and his Roxy friends are no ordinary dogs! For children of all ages, Be Like Bud offers inspiring messages of support and comfort. It showcases the Roxy Therapy Dogs' undeniable ability to comfort and connect with children. It also details the dogs' favorite foods, games, and other traits that make the dogs so special! Available online today!

Other Recommended Reading For Dog Lovers

We are grateful to our friends at the Doylestown Bookshop for compiling the following list of dog-related books. Books can be purchased online at www.doylestownbookshop.com or in stores.

Picture books

  • Madeline Finn and the Library Dog - Lisa Papp
  • Rescue and Jessica - Jessica Kensky
  • Harry the Dirty Dog - Gene Zion
  • How Rocket learned to Read - Tad Hills
  • May I Pet Your Dog - Stephanie Calmenson
  • Tails Are Not for Pulling - Elizabeth Verdick
  • Gaston - Kelly DiPucchio
  • Antoinette - Kelly DiPucchio

2-3rd grade

  • Animal Inn (series) - Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender
  • Dog Diaries (series) - Kate Klimo and Tim Jessell
  • Critter Club (series) - Callie Barkley
  • The Chocolate Lab (series) - Eric Luper
  • Vet Volunteers (series) - Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Rider Woofson (series) - Walker Styles and Ben Whitehouse
  • Ranger in Time (series) - Kate Messner and Kelley McMorris
  • Pug Pals (series) - Flora Ahn

4-6th Grade

  • Love That Dog - Sharon Creech
  • The Inquisitor’s Tale - Adam Gidwitz
  • Bunnicula - Deborah and James Howe
  • Because of Winn Dixie - Kate DiCamillo
  • Survivors (series) - Erin Hunter

Young Adult

  • Edge of Nowhere - Jon Smelcer


  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
  • A Dog’s Purpose - W. Bruce Cameron
  • The Dogs of Babel - Carolyn Parkhurst
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - David Wroblewski


  • Marley and Me - James Grogan
  • Travels with Charley: In Search of America - John Steinbeck
  • Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know - Alexandra Horowitz
  • The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs - Patricia B. McConnell
  • A Three Dog Life - Abigail Thomas 

Encourage Summer Reading!

Children’s learning doesn’t end just because school’s out for the summer! In fact, summer provides many opportunities for children to learn – such as travel, camps, and summer reading. Summer reading is critical to continued learning, because it helps children keep up their skills and increase their vocabulary. It also promotes the formation of a life-long habit of reading for pleasure.   

What are some ways to encourage your child to read over the summer?

  • Create tech-free times in your home. Set aside at least one hour of ‘tech free’ time every day. That means no TV, iPads, iPhones, computers, etc. This time can be used for creative play, or READING – either silently, or aloud.
  • Have a weekly contest to see which family member can read the most books/pages per week. Decide on some prizes for the winner (a favorite dessert?) to provide some additional incentives. 
  • Have your child read to his/her pet. Yes, even Roxy Therapy Dogs go on vacation!  So, if they can’t read to a Roxy dog, encourage your child to cuddle up with their own pet and read their favorite story.
  • Don’t have a pet? Have your child read to their stuffed animals! If you’re looking for that perfect stuffed reading companion, please visit Roxy Gear & Gifts page, and for a small donation to benefit Roxy Therapy Dogs, your child can select from the many plush GUND puppies – who are all waiting to hear a great summer story!!

Ten Years Of Gratitude And Fond Farewell Wishes To Our Retiring Roxy Therapy Teams



Thank you to April and her owner, Carol, and Maggie and her owner, Linda, for ten wonderful years serving the children in our community! Both dogs comforted countless children in Central Bucks Elementary Schools. April also visited children in the Pediatric Unit at Doylestown Hospital.

May April and Maggie both enjoy their well-earned retirements!

To hear Maggie's retirement tale, visit If Only Maggie Could Talk.



Welcome Aboard to Our New Roxy Therapy Dogs Teams

We are so grateful to have so many new teams who support our mission of bringing comfort to children, enhancing the experience of learning, and enriching the lives of our canine and human volunteers.

  • Bob Peck and Atticus, a 9 year old Irish Coated Retriever
  • Roni Dager and Shay, a 4 year old Rough Coated Collie

To learn more, visit Meet Our Dogs.

Children Depend On Your Donations To Continue Roxy Therapy Dog Visits

Roxy™ Therapy Dogs' programs provide an irreplaceable and dependable support system for children in our community. Make a tax-deductible donation online today!

If you prefer to donate by check, please make it out to "Roxy Therapy Dogs" and mail to: P.O. Box 136, Danboro, PA 18916. 


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