Reach Out and Read...with Dogs!
We were invited to participate in a promotion for Reach Out and Read at the local Border's bookstore this morning. I hadn't heard of this program before, but what a great program! The doctors who participate give books to kids when they come in for their regular checkups from the time they're babies until they're five years old.
Billie and some other dogs were invited because they're Therapy dogs and Therapy Dogs International has a program for children to read to dogs. So the kids got to pet dogs and sit down and read books to them and the parents and others got to hear about the program and also to buy books to donate to the program.
There were lots of little kids, who were delightful and a number of older kids, as well as adults who just liked dogs. All in all a fun day. Sadly, I was not smart enough to take any pictures.
Billie was not particularly enamored of the book-reading, but she quite liked having her belly rubbed and toddlers poking at her.