Libraries are often a quiet place but when children visit a library and see a dog, the environment may become a little more exciting. Our program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to that won’t laugh at them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word, but rather lie next to them and enjoy the story being read to them. The children learn to associate reading with being with the dog and begin to view reading in a positive way. Over time, the child’s reading ability and confidence can improve because they are practicing their skills, which will make them enjoy reading even more.
Reading is a wonderful opportunity for a child to build his or her imagination and begin to build skills for his or her future. Libraries are a wonderful resource, and Therapy Dogs can be a great way to help children discover how much fun their local library can be!
Our Therapy Dogs are ideal reading companions because they:
- Help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure
- Listen attentively
- Do not judge, laugh or criticize
- Allow children to proceed at their own pace
- Are less intimidating than peers
Meet the Therapy Dogs of Gregg County Texas. Our teams are tested by & registered with The Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Cheyenne, Wyoming. We are an all Volunteer Therapy Dog Team Service Organization. Our mission is to spread the love & joy that only a dog can bring to another human being, through therapy dog visits.
Honey is a standard poodle. She came to her family when she was 2 years old. Honey is now 5 years old. She loves to sit or lay down beside you as you read, watch tv, or anything else, as long as she is getting some attention. She can shake your hand, give you kisses and is very calming. Honey lives in White Oak Texas.
Special is an Irish Setter/Australian Shepherd mix. She came to us from Dyke, Texas as a 3-month-old pup. She has been visiting people since she was 4 months old and enjoys entertaining everyone. She prefers to perform over just sitting still but will do both with gladness! She will soon turn four on February 21st and is just as playful as ever. She has a wide variety of tricks that she loves to show off and loves the attention it brings her. Special resides in Longview, Texas now.
Holo is a Border Collie. She came to live with us after being rescued off the streets by a friend when she was 10 months old. She is a super sweet 3-year old now and will listen to you talk or read to her for hours. She is super smart and is learning some neat tricks. She loves to be with people and make new friends! She now lives with us in Longview, Texas.
Daisy is a Labrador Retriever who has been part of our family since she was 5 weeks old. She loves to play, meet new friends, and eat ice cream. Her happy smile and personality are always ready to greet people when we are out and about. She can’t wait for storytime!