Read to a Dog Program Helps Young Readers

The program is recommended for ages 5-10, but children of all ages are welcome

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Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, located at 449 Halsey Road

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library is hosting Read to a Dog this Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. The event allows children to read to therapy dogs for fifteen minutes each. It takes place the first Wednesday of the month.

“It’s a good opportunity for kids to read without worrying about their reading,” Rosie Schulman, children’s librarian at Parsippany Library.

The therapy dogs come from Creature Comfort Pet Therapy in Morristown. The dogs are trained to sit quietly, which makes the children feel comfortable, Schulman explained.

Mary Beth Cooney, executive director of Creature Comfort Pet Therapy, went over the type of dog that works best as a therapy pet.

“Personality-wise, they need to be calm, love strangers, love to be petted by strangers, even hugged,” stated Mary Beth Cooney.

In addition to dogs, Creature Comfort also offers cats, a rabbit, a guinea pig, a mini-horse and a mini-goat as therapy pets. The animals are all privately owned and need to pass obedience training before they work for Creature Comfort.