Heidi Cort makes a difference to young readers

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Photos by Colette Cort.

Photos by Colette Cort.

Heidi Cort is a 5-year-old Longhaired Miniature Dachsund that is a qualified therapy dog. According to her Canyon Lake owners, Colette and Lee Cort, Heidi visits the Sun City Library twice a month for children to read to her.

Colette says, “I know she brings joy to the children who read to her and we like making a difference in their lives. These therapy dogs do help children improve their reading skills and that is a great feeling!”

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Colette and Heidi also were part of a group that went to UCR to help the students who were stressed before their final exams. She says the students loved relating to the dogs as a brief time away from their studies and she was told it did relieve a lot of stress.

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Colette adds, “Therapy dogs must go through intense training and then be tested as to their suitability to interact with adults and children in a hospital setting or a rehabilitation center. Heidi has been qualified to visit in “Complex Environments,” which would cover any of these. We are very proud of her and like the fact that she is so friendly with everyone, and especially fond of children.”

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