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For the Love of Dogs

21/02/2014

I used to dislike dogs.

And then I met this guy.

Not only he is cute, but when I come home in the evening I cannot help at smile at his wagging tail and chocolate-brown eyes.

He relieves my stress.

And it’s not just me.

Therapy dogs are providing affection and comfort to people in hospitals, schools, retirement homes, hospices, disasters and yes, libraries!

Did you know your child can read with a therapy dog at the library?

The R.E.A.D dogs of Ottawa help children feel more comfortable reading aloud. Their therapy dogs are trained and registered; they are also great listeners!

Check out the reading program happening at the Centennial Branch once a month.

Also, we have so many items at the library about therapy dogs and their unique experiences.

If you are a dog-lover (or you want to know why us dog-lovers are so obsessed with our dogs) try this sweet one:

The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of "Unadoptables" Taught Me about Service, Hope and Healing by Susannah Charleston
After a stressful search and rescue mission, Susannah Charleston found that Puzzle, her canine partner, contributed to her healing process. This memoir will inspire as many stories of abused, starving strays who have become therapy dogs are told.

And this funny one:

Rabid: Are You Crazy about your Dog or Just Crazy? by Pamela Redmond Satran
A light read about the crazy and ridiculous things dog-lovers will do for their dogs including tattoos, doggie massage, designer clothes, hair colouring and aromatherapy. Full of colourful pictures and lists including the best dog movies, you won’t consider yourself an insane dog-lover after reading this book (or maybe you will?!)

Oh, and for the cat lovers out there (I didn’t forget about you):

Another Insane Devotion: On the Love of Cats and Persons by Peter Trachtenberg
When his cat goes missing, the author sets out on a 700 mile journey to find her. His journey takes him into his past – into the history of his relationship with cats and his relationship with his wife. He asks many questions about human devotion to animals and explores how cats became the cherished pets they are today.

And I'll leave you with this, our love of animals starts at a very young age.

Woof!

Image: The Possibility Dogs

The Possibility Dogs

What A Handful of "unadoptables" Taught Me about Service, Hope, and Healing
By Charleson, Susannah
Image: Rabid

Rabid

Are You Crazy about your Dog, or Just Crazy?
By Satran, Pamela Redmond
Image: Another Insane Devotion

Another Insane Devotion

On the Love of Cats and Persons
By Trachtenberg, Peter