ArchAngel Boxers In The News !

   Spirit was recognised going Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex by the Sun Herald during the Biloxi, MS show held on Friday, May 16, 2008 !
Beau has also been recognised in several area News Papers for his work as a Therapy Dog ! Here are a couple Articles! 
More to come soon....

Dogs win in a walk



Handler Rick Justice shows boxer Country Times Archangel of Ardor in the ring during the AKC Dog Show at the Gulf Coast Coliseum on Friday, May 16 2008. The boxer is owned by Amber Norton of Navarre, Fla.

Library Goes to the Dogs!

Navarre Press
Thursday, June 22, 2006
By Mike Odom


The meeting room at the Navarre Library was quiet Wednesday afternoon, June 14, just the voices of three children reading- and the occasional wagging of a tail.
Kellie Fahy, 8, was reading from one of the "Chronicles of Narnia" books to Willie, a retired racing greyhound owned by Cheryl Giebel-Peterson;
while Elizabeth Waters, 6, read to Beau, a boxer owned by Amber Norton.
" It is an amazing program,"said Gwen Wilson, Navarre Library assistant manager."We have been watching it grow rapidy every year. What happens is, as soon as the children are finished with one session, they sign up for another."
The Reading Education Assistance Dogs program is a nonprofit group launched by Intermountain Therapy Animals in 1999. It's mission is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy animal teams as literacy mentors, according to the group's Web sight.
Giebel-Petersen helped found the local R.E.A.D. group about two years ago, she said. But she has been working with therapy animals for more than 15 years, mainly with seniors and groups in nursing homes and other facilities.
"This program was different for me,"she said."It is exciting to watch the kids with dogs."
She said that the program does more than teach reading skills. She said children involved in the program have shown better attendance records and greater selfesteem.
Giebel-Peterson is also a founder of the nonprofit group, Emerald Coast Furever Friends. Its Web sight says the group is "providing kritter kindness throughout the Emerald Coast and enriching lies through the human-animal bond."
She said they have the R.E.A.D. program in five local libraries and two elementary schools, with close to 20 teams from Pensacola to Panama City.
While she was reading to Willie, Fahy was focused and smiling, sometimes pupping her hand on Willy's head.
"It's fun,"she said.
Willy, a good listener, waited for the next page to turn.

Kiwanis Sponcers Programs:

      Pensacola News Journal
    Monday, February 20, 2006
              by Donna Freckmann


 The Kiwanis club of Big Lagoon has added Hallmark Elementary School to the Terrific Kids Program joining its other sponcered westside elementary schools, Pleasant Grove, Caro and Blue Angels. In recognition of this, Big Lagoon Kiwanis provided a $1,200 donation to Hallmark for the purchase of FCAT shirts.
   Big Lagoon has partnered with a group from R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) and their dogs, and recently met at Hallmark Elementary and at the Southwest Branch Library. It was rewarding to see children that normally would not read out loud to their peers begin to read to the greyhound or Boxer that was part of the program. 
Literacy  specialists acknowledged that children who are below their peers in reading skills are often intimidated by reading aloud in a group, often have lower self-esteem and view reading a chore.
   The intent of the R.E.A.D. program is to have children read to the therapy animals.
   The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered Pet Partner therapy teams as literacy mentors.

Four-Legged Friends Spread
             Smiles and Joy !

              Navarre Press 
    Thursday, August 25, 2005
                   by Libbi Crowe

 The four-legged members of Emerald Coast FURever Friends (ECFF) and their humans bring back happy memories and relieve routine sameness for nursing home and hospice patients.
  Veronica Landrum, activities director at Bay Breeze nursing home, said she knows the visits from the therapy pets perk up the residents, whether the dogs visit patients in their rooms or go from person to person in the day room.
   "It's a wonderful thing,"Landrum said."We have them here at least once a month."
   Rosemary McVail 79, moved into Bay Breeze on a recent Thursday. Her daughter, also named Rosemary McVail, came to see her mother on the following Sunday afternoon and was happy to find the lobby filled with ECFF volunteers and their dogs.
   "Could you please bring them to my mother's room?"McVail said." She loves dogs and we always had dogs growing up."
   McVail said her mother used to have a Scottish Terrier named Muffy, and still enjoys her daughter's two dogs when she comes to visit. An Alzheimer's patient, the elder McVail does not speak much anymore, but loves interacting with the animals her daughter said.
   Down the hall, Cheryl Peterson and her greyhound, Willy, were visiting Lillian Dunn's room. Dunn was thrilled to see the dogs.
   "Hello there!" Dunn said, patting Willy's head. "Aren't you pretty?"
   The reaction is typical, say the ECFF members. Whether they are visiting nursing homes, special education classes or hospice patients, the pets are a hit. Willy also works at the library with the Reading Education Assistance Dogs Program.
   Cats and other pets are used as therapy animals as well, but on this day, four dogs had come to interact with the residents.
" When you visit a person who owned a boxer, they get so excited,"said Amber Norton, whose boxer, Beau, was along that Sunday Afternoon. Beau is deaf and responds to sign language, which Norton said also helps with some of the elderly patients.
" A lot of people can relate to him because he has a disability too," she said." I really like visiting children the best. The children from hospice had a water day recently and Beau went. We go to the special needs class at holley-Navarre Primary, and one of the children with autism reads to him. One of the mothers at Holley-Navarre told me her son keeps Beau's picture by his bed."
Norton's best friend, Virginia Morris, and her chihuahua, Anistyn Grae, took the Delta Society therapy class with Norton and her Beau.Morris said she likes to volonteer, and ECFF gives her a chance to brighten another person's day.
   Bear a Spitz owned by Kelly Lehmann, was making his second visit to the nursing home. Lehmann said the dog enjoys the visits as much as the people he is visiting do.
   "He likes to be out amoung people,"Lehmann said."Sometimes I think he would like to talk. I got into this because of him. He always wants to be up against you, since he was a puppy. He loves to be  inyour lap."
   ECFF is a nonprofit therapy pet organization that has volunteers from Pensacola to Panama City. The group works with the Delta Society, a national organization that trains and screens volunteers and their pets, and gives members its Pet Partners team designation.
   According to the society's websight, training for volunteers is provided through hands-on workshops tought by Delta licensed insttructors, and through home study course and video tape. Volunteers and their pets are evaluated for skills and aptitude by Delta licensed team evaluators. The teams acan then do animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy in a variety of settings- schools, hospitals, libaries and other facilities.


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