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Reading w/Rover Today – Therapy Dogs Helping Kids Read!

Just had to add this event –

(TODAY) September 22 11:00 – 12:00 PM
Reading With Rover at Edmonds Library

Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main St, Edmonds, WA
Reading with Rover Therapy DogThere’s nothing worse than being made fun of when you’re trying your best. It makes you want to just give up and that feeling sticks with you. Us dog lovers know that dogs don’t judge, love you no matter what, and look at you in a way that makes you believe you can do anything. That’s the idea behind reading therapy dogs. One of the best ways to learn how to read is by reading out loud.  Kids who have trouble reading can read to therapy dogs and work on their reading in a safe environment filled with doggie support.
Reading with Rover‘s mission is: “To inspire children to discover the joy of reading while developing literacy skills and confidence in a safe environment with Reading with Rover dogs.”

Today, Saturday, September 22nd, therapy dogs and their handlers will be at the Edmonds Library to listen to children read aloud. For information about the event visit the Reading with Rover event page.

PAWS Takes in Refugee Dogs from Iran

PAWS Takes in Iran Refugee Dogs

PAWS Takes in Iran Refugee Dogs – Video

[This article on PAWS’ efforts to help Iran refugee dogs is from Lynnwood Today. For more information on the proposed Iranian dog ban, check out this NPR article.]

By Mike Murphy

A proposed ban on all pet dogs in Iran had led to some new, adoptable dogs at the PAWS animal shelter in north Lynnwood.

So far, PAWS has taken in two of these endangered animals and expects to receive even more in the near future.

One of the rescues is a Border Collie mix from Tehran named Shabnem. Staffers say she was frightened upon arrival but is now getting more comfortable. You can watch video of her arrival below.

“She actually has a couple of doggie friends she plays with,” said Lisa Hockins, shelter manager. “She’s even starting to warm up to the volunteers.”

A second dog from Iran arrived at PAWS Tuesday night.

“Our commitment will always be to serving our local communities, but the strength of our donors and an amazing volunteer corps allows us to lend a hand during this crisis,” said Kay Joubert, director of companion animal services.

Anyone who’s interested in adopting either dog can fill out an application and schedule a visit.