The article also mentioned a scheme called Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D). It's run by an American non profit organization Intermountain Therapy Animals.
Their aim is to "work with children and adults who are physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled, as well as others who can benefit from the unique qualities that interaction with an animal can provide."
This pic below is one found in the gallery page of their website.
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What struck me about this photo is how intimate it is. How the boy and the dog seem lost in their own world - everything and everyone shut out.
I just love the way the child and dog mirror each other. I love how they seem to have finally found the one creature who understands.
Those lucky enough to have found such a soul-mate know. Those of us still searching recognise and hope.
Do you see all these too?
I really believe that we can never underestimate the effect a pet has with children nor with the inner child in all of us.
Charlie says: I'm not reading Iams Beef in Gravy pouch here.
Have a book filled, pet-filled weekend everyone!!