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Sting the Greyhound had to spend a very lonely night at the Ramsey County Library in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. The sweet dog is a participant in the Paws to Read program, which offers children ages four to eight a chance to read to a four-legged friend. The program helps kids practice their skills.

Sting was all set to be read to in the cozy reading nook in the library – but, as it happened, no one signed up to read on that particular day. As the dog patiently waited for a little friend to treat him to a story or two, his guardian, John Muellner, snapped a few photos of him and posted them on Facebook.


When the post promoting the reading program and Sting’s next time slot was shared publicly by a Greyhound rescue page, it quickly went viral. In just a few days, it was shared over 97,000 times!

Soon the phone at the library started to ring – adults and children from many places, including Florida and Texas, were requesting to read to Sting over the phone. Employees at a Petco in California asked the librarians to give Sting a hug from them and even a child from as far as Lakeville set up a time to read to the pup, White Bear Press reports.


One unlucky reading night has turned into something incredible for Sting – the dog is now booked through April and even has added days to his reading schedule! The other dog from the library’s Paws to Read program is getting a lot more attention as well.

At the moment, Ramsey County Library has six therapy dogs taking part in the program – at the Shoreview, Maplewood, Mounds View, and White Bear Lake libraries. All the dogs have been specially trained to be gentle with their reading buddies and their guardians have gone through background checks. The program itself has been giving children the opportunity to practice their reading skills for about 10 years.

To learn more about Paws to Read, click here!

All image source: John Muellner/Facebook

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0 comments on “Lonely Greyhound Waited for Kids to Read to Him in the Library, But No One Showed Up. Now He’s Famous!”

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John Pasqua
7 Months Ago


Denise Morales
8 Months Ago

The Power of Social Media..

Elizabeth Richardson
8 Months Ago

What a great program!

Georgia Devine
8 Months Ago

This just broke my heart. I am glad that his handler took the photo\'s to facebook. Maybe people really arent aware of these programs for kids. I think it is great!

Ted C
8 Months Ago

Talk about going overboard. The dog didn\'t know what was going on.

12 Feb 2018

Yeah, and? That wasn\'t really the point

John Doe
12 Feb 2018

Really Skippy? What a pathetic waste of a human life. Dogs enjoy human companionship and may not understand what is being said, but they DO like the interaction. I am sorry for your sad pathetic worthless despicable lonely life.

Andres Rivera
8 Months Ago

I\'m a spiritual person but this time i have to say God Bless you for giving kids and this beautiful dog the opportunity.

Muriel Servaege
8 Months Ago

I love greyhounds and I\'m pleased to hear of that programme. It\'s a great initiative.

Jovy Jergens
8 Months Ago

Grinning from ear-to-ear!


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