Our PAWS program (where kids may sign up to read out loud to a therapy dog for a 15-20 minutes) will continue this fall. First-time readers will get a record card, a “Pawsome Reader” pencil & earn a stamp on the card for every 15 minutes they spend reading to one of our dogs. When they earn 4 stamps, they will receive a “Pawsome Reader” zipper/backpack tag. If they fill out a second card, they will receive a pair of metal dog tags!
A BIG thanks to Kim Brown and Roo of Cinderbay Labradors and Barbara Green and Euchre, who currently volunteer to do the program! Roo (left) is a certified therapy dog and veteran listener. Euchre (below, right) is a male, mixed breed, certified therapy dog (he’s also been trained as a narcotics “sniffer”). Barbara and Euchre will be available on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and by appointment.
Roo and Kim Brown will be available on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
We recommend that Readers schedule a 15 minute appointment at the Youth Services Desk or by calling 231-758-3112.
The theory is, that by reading out loud to the dog, who doesn’t judge how well the child reads, the child’s self consciousness disappears and he or she gains the confidence needed to become a better reader. You may get the complete scoop by watching this video at the Therapy Dogs International website. Click here for a Washington Post article about reading, kids and dogs.