Did you know that dogs can actually help kids learn how to read?! It is not because we know how to read, but because we are such good listeners (most of the time). Reading Education Assistance Dogs, or R.E.A.D., brings dogs to schools where kids can practice reading aloud in an unintimidating environment. If a kid makes a mistake, we aren't going to make fun of them like his classmates might. Hanging out and reading with dogs can actually build a child's confidence in their reading so they can do it even better around other people. Check out the whole story on CNN.com.
Wags to tipster Bella for the link!
[Image courtesy of the Reading With Rover program, and affiliate of R.E.A.D in Washington State]