Ruff Readers: Last chance to read to dogs before holiday break

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Parents and children are invited to join Teton County Pet Partners for Ruff Readers, a read to a dog program, for the final event until the new year.

New this school year: therapy dogs each have their own personalized bookmarks. They are like baseball trading cards, except they are bookmarks with the dogs’ stats on them. Attend Ruff Readers the first and thirdWednesdays of each month and collect them all!

Never been? It’s so fun and inviting. You drop in, choose books from the library, and read them aloud to the therapy dogs. Reading aloud is an important practice to help building a reader’s confidence. And the audience is practically the most nonthreatening one you can imagine. (The dogs won’t care one bit if you mispronounce a word).

The dog’s handlers encourage readers to interact with the dogs, and they might offer a little reading help if asked.

George might just have himself a little nap while you read.
Gibbs gives slobbery rewards for good reading.

Reading aloud to dogs:

  • Increases enthusiasm for reading
  • Develops reading skills
  • Teaches children how to interact with animals
  • Promotes confidence
  • Breaks down boundaries, inspiring warmth and compassion

All dogs and handlers are registered through Pet Partners.

Ruff Readers is every first and third Wednesday of the month but take note: the program will be taking a break for the holiday season. This Wednesday, November 7, will be the last Ruff Readers until Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Need more info? Contact call Mary Flamino at 307-733-2164 x249.


Ruff Readers, Teton County Library Youth Auditorium. Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 5:30 to 6:30pm.


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