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Alexandria: Paws to Read - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Aug 11,2016
Filed Under Pets , Community,

Jilly and owner Ina Watson (at left) listen to Raine Smith (right) read from an “Angry Birds” book. Photo by Vernon Miles

By Vernon Miles

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ALEXANDRIA. VA - Maggie doesn’t talk back. Caroline Schofield, a second grader, can read to Maggie without judgment or being corrected. Maggie lays next to Caroline, occasionally wagging her tail and resting her head against the girl’s left while Caroline reads from a book.

Paws to Read is a program run through the D.C. nonprofit PAL, People. Animals. Love. PAL runs various programs that arrange for elderly, sick, or others in need to receive visits and support from dogs and puppies. At Paws to Read, children in first through sixth grade at all range of reading ability can come to the library and read to a furry friend.

All dogs with Paws to Read are registered therapy dogs. They are universally friendly and calm around children as well as other dogs. Five dogs were present for the Aug. 9 Paws to Read session at the Duncan Branch Library in Del Ray. Each of the children at Paws to Read is paired with a dog for a 15-20 minute session. The children select books, though some pick ones they’re told the dogs particularly enjoy.

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