Canine companion to help kids enjoy reading

December 18, 2012 by  

This Thursday, there will be a presentation by the Puyallup Public Library featuring the adorable Robbie, a Chinook breed dog who enjoys relaxing and listening to a great story being told. The canine is trained for therapeutic purposes and provides children with a good buddy to curl up by and share stories with.

Robbie attends the library’s reading programs, called ‘Reading with a Doggie Friend’, regularly and enjoys cuddling up with the children while a good book is read. It helps to provide the children with a pressure-free environment that allows them to practice their reading skills, no matter what their level of reading may be, while Robbie listens patiently and looks at them with adoring eyes.

The dog helps children, particularly those experiencing reading difficulties, to relax and he does not worry if the children make a mistake in the story, say the wrong word, or even lean against him while they read. No registration is required to attend the ‘Reading with a Doggie Friend’ event and children of all ages are welcome, as are their parents.

The library may have used digital flyer printing to ensure all the children in the area knew that Robbie would be stopping in for a visit. Reading with a Doggie Friend is free to attend and will take place this Thursday, December 20, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Puyallup Public Library. For more information, please visit the Puyallup Public Library website or call 253-841-5454.

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