K-9 Reading Buddies was born out of an experience Carole had with her late mother while hospitalized—a visit from a therapy dog, a golden retriever. Her mother was so delighted by the experience, she asked Carole to promise to get a golden retriever for her grandson Adam, then 2.
Later, Carole was introduced to a therapy dog-assisted reading program at a local library in Wisconsin. When she moved back home to Chicagoland, she started K-9 Reading Buddies. The organization is now a permanent fixture in several suburban libraries and schools for therapeutic and academic purposes.
The original K-9 Reading Buddies were Minnie and Mickey, both golden retrievers. Minnie passed away at 15. Mickey continues to join Carole at community outreach events. Simba, also a golden retriever, is in training to follow in Minnie’s pawprints.