Saturday, March 13, 2010

YS Library goes to the dogs

(clockwise from top left) Regan Parker (mvPTa Certified Therapy Pet Handler), Alexia Stockton, Stephanie Cooper, Skyler Miller, Ana Smith, Silas Buehrig, and mvPTa Certified Therapy Pet Bronwen follow along as Ana reads “If Dogs Could Talk.”

On Tuesday, March 9, the YS Library presented “Read to the Dogs,” a program which helps young readers practice reading out loud to a certified therapy dog. The library provides the books and a quiet, comfortable corner. The dogs provide an attentive and uncritical audience.

German Shepherd "Bronwen" and her human Regan Parker and $5-rescue-dog "Lacey" and her human Gerry Coen are pet therapy teams from mvPTa ― Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association. The mission of the all-volunteer community-based organization is to promote the use of highly trained domesticated pets to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of citizens in the greater Miami Valley. The human/animal teams visit libraries, nursing homes, hospitals, and even (upon request) funerals, providing comfort and companionship to those in need. Eight-week training classes are offered twice a year to interested pets (dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and hand-held animals) and their humans. For more information about mvPTa, visit their website at

mvPTa Therapy Pet Lacey listens dreamily as Sarah Gansz concentrates on reading aloud.

photos by Susan Gartner -- March 9, 2010
posted to A Yellow Springs Blog -- March 14, 2010