Saturday, March 26, 2011

Read to the Dogs Program

Today Kendall and I did our first session ever at the Beaverton Library Read to the Dogs Program. We had four children signed up to read with us, but only three showed up. Kendall loves kids but doesn't get to be around them very much. She was pretty excited when we got there but calmed down once the kids started reading to her. She got to meet a lot of kids who were there just doing library stuff. The program at the library is part of the Dove Lewis/Delta Society program

Here's the info from the Beaverton Library:

Read to the Dogs

Thursday, April 14 and May 12, 2011
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Saturdays, March 26, April 2 & 23, May 7 & 21 and June 4, 2011
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Children's Area of Beaverton City Library Main

Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to therapy dogs. The dog-and-handler teams are registered volunteers with Delta Society's Pet Partners Program, sponsored by DoveLewis. This program is for children who are reading on their own. Sessions are 20 minutes in length. Space in this program is limited.
This program is made possible by the Dove Lewis Animal Assisted Therapy and Education Program and Delta Society.
Registration is required. Please phone (503)350-3600 to register or sign up in person at the Children's Desk on the first floor of the library. Registration for the Spring 2011 session begins Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

If you have kids who are reading on their own, it's definitely worthwhile. They say they don't always fill all of the slots.


The Teacher's Pets said...

I think any child would be lucky to sit next to Kendall because looks like a very attentive dog (and a very cute one at that)! I love the Read to Dogs program but I don't think our coon hound, Daisy, would be able to handle being inactive in a library.

Sammy the Cavalier said...

Hi, I noticed you commented on my blog. I just want to say thanks for visiting my blog, and I look forward to visting yours as well!

katie said...

That is absolutely wonderful!! I had no idea Kendall was a therapy pet, that is so awesome!

I would LOVE to do this with Magnus. Maizey would love it, but she couldn't qualify for Delta Society yet with her fear of dogs issues.:( Plus I feed my dogs The Honest Kitchen and you can't be a Delta dog if you feed a raw diet so that would have to change and I haven't decided if I'm willing to do that or not yet. Still the reading to kids program is really awesome!

I would love to read more posts on being a therapy dog and how you got to do that!

Maddy and Owen said...

How nice that you are helping kids get comfortable with reading! I bet you like to hear the stories :)
Maddy and Owen

Miss Kodee said...

What an amazing opportuntiy to participate in. Cavaliers are natural children admirers and we know if there is a lap they are quite happy to cuddle. Sound very rewarding.

Autaven said...

Just found your blog :) Fellow Cavalier owner (I run agility with mine).
Just wanted to say I've never heard of anyone doing this before (I'm over in Scotland, maybe people don't here), but it's such a lovely thing to do! And wowe Kendall sure is pretty :)


soggibottom said...

Kendall, I would always read to you if I could. Probably spend lots of time looking deeply into your beautiful eye's... they are just like mine :-)

Anonymous said...

How wonderful and a great way to capture childrens attention to reading.

Kendall certainly shows she is taking an interest in all the delightful photos.