Mountaineer Therapy Dogs travel around Marion, Monongalia, Harrison, and Taylor counties to visit different places and perform many different jobs.
Two of the group's dogs, Strawberry and Brenda Lee, visited the Taylor County Public Library in Grafton to help children read. Barbara Higgins, the owner of Brenda Lee, said the dogs really help the kids to be more confident in their reading abilities.
"They help the children who have reading issues, or self assurance issues. The dogs are non-judgmental. They all seem to have a bond with the dogs," said Higgins.
The special bond between the dogs and the kids helps the kids open up and read out loud to the dogs.
"From what I've seen in the time that I've been doing this, is that a lot of the kids will come out of their shells. And it just has a lot of benefits all around," Higgins said.
The program organizers, who also own the dogs, will help the children if they have a question about a word.
"Some children will ask you for help, some will not. It's essentially just helping them sound out a word and if they stumble across something, and if they ask for it we will help them out," Higgins explained.
Mountaineer Therapy Dogs will be in Lost Creek on Thursday, December 20th. It will be at the Taylor County Public Library the second Monday of every month.
If you would like to learn more about Mountaineer Therapy Dogs, its web site, www.mountaineertherapydogs.com, will be up in the near future.
If you would like your child to be involved with this unique reading program, call the Taylor County Public Library at 304-265-6121.