Reading can be stressful for children who are struggling with it, and reading to a silent furry partner can help. Sign up for a 15 minute reading slot with one of our licensed therapy dogs: Chief or Miley with dog handler Howard Taylor. Parent/legal guardian must sign a permission form for their child to be alone in the room with the dog and therapy supervisor. Sign up for each week separately. Wednesdays, September 12th-December 26th from 4:00-5:00pm. Ages 6 & up. You must call the library at (203) 453-8282 or stop by in person to sign up.
About Chief and Miley from their handler Howard:
Chief is a golden retriever who is about 9 1/2 years old. He was rescued from the Charleston Dog Shelter, Charleston, Arkansas and adopted via The Little Pink Shelter, Weston, CT. Little facts are known about Chief’s life other than he belonged to an elderly couple and used as a “backyard breeder.” Chief lived in a caged area on a concrete slab and was not allowed in the house. I met Chief for the first time on the evening of 5 July 2014 at a truck stop in Branford, CT. He had been transported via truck from Arkansas and walked off the truck with his tail between his legs. Chief was very ill and it took approximately eight months before I could see a positive change in his demeanor. Now he is friendly and mellow and a great companion. Chief officially became a Therapy Dog in April 2017 and loves it when kids read to him at the library.
Miley is 6 1/2 years old and was rescued from the same shelters as Chief. Little is known about Miley’s life other than her owner said she ate one of the owner’s chickens and the owner didn’t want to lose any more chickens to the dog. I met Miley on 20 May 2017 when her transport stopped in Plainville, CT. My intention was to foster Miley for a few days until she was adopted; however, when I brought her home and Chief accepted her – I knew I had to adopt her myself, which I did two days later. I also knew that she would make a wonderful therapy dog companion with Chief. Miley passed her test and officially became a Therapy Dog in September 2017. She loves attention and will sometimes nuzzle you if you stop petting her while you read to her.
Chief and Miley take turns visiting the library, but they both love being read to, so don’t hesitate to sign up!