"Calling All Pets", a radio program on National Public Radio, had an interesting program today on "assistance dogs" who help children read. These are "Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ)", which permits children to read to dogs rather than to other kindergarten children or teachers. "11/01/2008 on Calling All Pets: There's a new kind of "assistance dog" in town, and it's here to help your child learn to read. After three, on Calling All Pets, find out more about the new "literacy dog" program."
Hear the program at: http://www.wpr.org/pets/index.htm and search for "read" or the program broadcast on 11/01/08. The segment on reading dogs starts about twelve minutes into the program.
See also: http://www.wpr.org/pets/