Read to a Dog
July 02, 2013
I’m a dog lover. Living in our 1000 square foot house, we have two Chihuahuas, one Rat Terrier, and a cat. So we’re pretty much overrun with dog hair, cat toys, and carpet stains, but we still love ‘em. When I’m not working here at the Library, I spend most of my time with our pets. If they aren’t piled on my lap, we’re all outside on a trail or relaxing on the deck. I love them so much, in fact, that I’d love to be able to bring them to work with me and a recent Library Journal article made me think that might be possible.
Therapy dogs in libraries are on the rise as “Read to a Dog” programs grow. One such program, Reading Education Assistance Dogs, or R.E.A.D., was founded by Intermountain Therapy Animals and has nearly 2,000 registered teams that go into libraries and schools to help children learn to read. Kids who are nervous about reading aloud often find that reading to a dog helps them feel more comfortable. The dog can really boost a child’s confidence and, in turn, helps the reader improve.
So, maybe one of my dogs is smart enough to be a library dog, or not, but it might give me an excuse to bring them to the Library anyway. What do you think about having a dog to read to in the library?