Last week, after no children showed up for a reading session with Sting, a retired greyhound racer turned therapy dog, his owner, John Muellner, turned to Facebook to help garner some additional interest in the program. On February 7, Muellner wrote:
“Unfortunately nobody signed up to read to Sting at the White Bear Lake library tonight. If you know of a 4 to 8 yr old who would like to read to a dog. Please contact the White Bear Lake library by phone or their website about the Paws to Read program.”
According to KARE 11 News, it didn’t take long for the photos of the seemingly lonely therapy dog to hit viral status. White Bear Lake Children’s Librarian Ann Wahlstrom said that they were “slammed” with calls from people near and far who wanted to sign up to read with Sting, or even have a one-way phone conversation with him.
According to Muellner, Sting’s look of utter dejection was “misinterpreted” because it’s just the way that he looks. But that endearing long face, coupled with the fact that nobody showed up to read with him at the library, definitely tugged at everyone’s heartstrings. So much so that his “Paws to Read” schedule at the Minnesota library is now booked through April!
Sting is a regular participant in the library’s Paws to Read program – the senior dog has been listening to children read for several years, and given his recent “celebrity” status, he will likely stay busy offering kids a non-judgmental ear for the foreseeable future.
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