Jonny: Reading Asst.


​Jonny Justice CGC, ATTS / Esteemed survivor of Bad Newz Kennels

Reading Assistant / Therapy Dog, Media Darling, GUND Doll Model, Huggle Cause toy

With his clownish personality, Jonny charmed the world through numerous news pieces and photo essays, including the Rachael Ray Show, Inside Edition, People Magazine, NBC News, the PBS show:  ‘The Dogs Are Alright,’ the CBS Early Morning Show, various articles in the Associated Press, the US News and World Report, Melissa McDaniel’s Photo Book series, and even the cover of Parade Magazine.

His adopters Cris Cohen and Jennifer Long described his recovery in detail in Jim Gorant’s book The Lost Dogs, and have always made sure he has a new trick to show off for the cameras during his appearances.

Jonny earned his Canine Good Citizen certification, then passed his American Temperament Test exam (ATTS) and went on to become a Reading Assistant dog, settling down next to children to encourage them to read out loud. He brought joy to families at the Family House in San Francisco – a project that houses families whose children are being treated for severe illness at a nearby hospital. He passed away in December 2021.

Forever loved, Jonny was selected to be the face of a new stuffed toy developed by celebrated toy manufacturer ‘Gund dolls’ and again in 2024, when he debuted as a Huggle Group Knotty Toy.

Read more about Jonny’s work in the AKC Kennel Club Magazine.

Jonny reunited with the other Vick dogs

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