Saturday, July 24, 2010

And Now - Some Stories About Dogs

I usually hate people who dress up their pets in costumes and this picture especially disturbs me. If your dog has to be drunk off his ass to wear the Santa suit, then you are doubly guilty of pet abuse.

This is very cool. I have witnessed the power pets have on the elderly in nursing homes and especially their effect on children in schools. This is a story about a dog who is helping with literacy. Children care much more about what the dog thinks of their reading abilities than what adults think. I wish all parents would encourage their children to read to their pet for a half hour each night. I know the Admiral loves it when I read to him from my Batgirl collection of comics.

“Batman is a failed racing greyhound that has become Britain’s only ‘reading dog’ – he helps infant school children speed through books. Batman travels the country improving reading skills and is said to have had an extraordinary effect on youngsters. The five-year-old pet is the only British dog registered with the American organization Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Batman, who briefly raced under the name Flying Batman and never won, is successful because he ‘listens’ and bonds with children. He even paws the pages as they read. One of the schools where he helps, Arden Forest Infant School in Bedworth, Warwickshire, said he had produced incredible results.”


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good for Batman!

The Invisible Seductress said...

batman rocks!!!

D.I. Felipe González said...

Dogs like disguises. Cats hate them. That's a fact.