I admit I was feeling a little overwhelmed, though. How was I to manage this child and make sure that she had a positive experience? She didn’t seem to have any interest in reading a book, or in dogs. I tried to prompt her along by telling her that we needed to read at least one book so she could get her card punched, and that Dreamy liked hearing the whole book.
Finally she picked out a book. She skipped over a page or two, but when I told her that Dreamy really wanted to know the story, she settled down and started reading. She read quickly but well. She actually finished the entire book! And by the end, she was no longer combative, but seemed much more relaxed. It dawned on me later that I had experienced that special magic of a therapy dog, that sometimes just their mere presence can make all the difference.
Jan McAfee & Dreamy
CAREing Paws R.E.A.D. Team - Tyrone Library