|Photo by Toronja Azul|
And this week I heard of two dogs stories that caught my attention:
- The first was written about in our local library newsletter. The library has started a "reading to dogs" program. The idea is that children go to the library and read out aloud to the dogs. Often kids will never read aloud at home and hate it when asked at school, but the dogs are affectionate and playful and non judgmental listeners. Unlike humans, they don't notice mispronounced words or other reading mistakes and don't interrupt or correct. Instead, they are soft and calm and help build confidence to new readers. Doesn't that sound a wonderful way for kids to become more confident?
- The second dog story was about Liam and Theo. The SF Chronicle reported that they were a team searching for bombs in Afghanistan. Liam was a British soldier and dog handler and Theo was a bomb-sniffing springer spaniel. They had been working - and playing - together in Afghanistan for 6 months when Liam was killed in a firefight. Theo, later that day, suffered a massive seizure and also died. Many are saying he died of a broken heart. Liam's body and Theo's ashes were returned to England this week and saluted by a long line of military dog handlers, with their dogs at their sides. There are some wonderful photos of Liam and Theo here both looking so happy.