Comedian Groucho Marx once said, “Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” While the veracity of the punchline is debatable, I couldn’t agree more with the set-up. As a willing audience for self-esteem-building readers, a dog adds an extra level of comfort to the learning process.

Charlie & Rocky

Charlie was my beloved Chocolate Labrador Retriever when I established Simon Says! Charlie was my talented teaching assistant and a devoted friend to every one of my students. Now, Rocky, my endearing Yellow Lab, follows in his paw steps as my brand ambassador. His gentle kinship creates a unique comfort level and sense of well-being. With a simple tail wag and a calming presence, he inspires students to believe in themselves and encourages them to do their best.