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Reading to a dog?

Library program packs serious benefits for kids


Abby will be at the library again Monday, Jan. 27.


By Laiken Owens

Intern Reporter

One of the many programs offered at the Pickens Library is READing Paws with Abby, a program that improves children’s reading and communication skills by reading to a highly trained animal.

READing Paws has now been at the library for two years thanks to volunteers Don Miller and his medium sized mixed-breed dog Abby. READing Paws, an affiliate of Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ), offers a relaxed, safe, nonjudgmental way for children to become motivated about reading. 



“Participating kids make enormous strides in reading and communication skills while, along the way, building self-esteem, confidence, and social skills,” according to program information. 

Many parents and educators across the country who have seen the program in action say it’s great. 

“When children read to dogs, the experience is just magical-there’s no other way to describe it,” said one supporter.

Abby will be at the library again Monday, Jan. 27, at 3:30 p.m. Contact the library to register for READing Paws with Abby at 706-692-5411. For more information about READing Paws or Abby go to



K C Corun
0 #1 K C Corun 2014-02-13 19:40
What a awesome program!
I'm friends with GanderService Dog on Facebook.His human just released their book about dogs, I Dogs We Trust. A must read for anyone who loves their 4 legged fur friends.
Thank You for having such a wonderful program! I'll let my daughter know about this, she can bring my Grand!
Y'all stay safe down there, from S.W. Va.♡

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