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