• Tatum Williams

Storybook ending given to lonely library dog

A Facebook post, which received nearly 100,000 shares, made one lonesome therapy-dog the new talk of the town in White Bear Lake, Minn.

This 10-year-old greyhound, named Sting, was a part of the PAWS to Read program, which according to Paws for People is a Delaware-based "program that allows children to read aloud to a therapy dog (or cat, or bunny!) in order to improve reading and communication skills."

After a lonely night of waiting for a child to come read to him, Sting's owner, John Muellner, posted a Facebook message, on February 8, 2018, about the therapy dog and his offered services:

Requests for Sting came pouring in, and thanks to the shares and likes, he is now booked until April. He goes twice a month to the library for children to read to him and sees children between the ages of four and eight.

This gives kids a "fun, nonthreatening place where they can practice their reading skills to a dog," one librarian told USA Today.

According to WSVN, the library "'got inundated with calls from people all over the country who wanted to visit him,' said librarian Ann Wahlstrom to Fox 9. 'People wanted us to hold a phone up to his ear so they could read to him.'"

The retired racing dog is even receiving calls and love from places far and wide such as Australia, Manila, and Argentina. According to a local CBS station in Minnesota, John and Sting are all booked!