Sting, a ten-year-old therapy dog, had already been in the Paws to Read program for two years. The program was an opportunity for kids to practice reading with a therapy dog in a relaxed and fun environment. And Sting absolutely loved his job listening to these kids.
But he was left lonely when no one showed up to read to him while he was on duty at the Ramsey County library in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
So, his owner John Mueller posted photos of him waiting sadly on his Facebook page. Along with the photos was a plea and a caption asking anyone who knew any kids aged 4 until 8 who would be interested in signing up to read to Sting. He added that they could contact the White Bear Library via phone or through their website to schedule.
His post quickly became viral with over 100,000 shares and instantly filling up Sting’s reading schedule two months ahead. According to the librarian, their phone had been ringing nonstop. Many of them offered to drive the whole way across the country just to read to him. Some also asked if they could read to him over the phone.
Mueller’s post also gave a boost in interest in the Paws to Read program as well as other programs like it. And it was a good start to let more families know about the program and have their kids participate in it.
Within just a short time, Sting had been showered with so much love. Some even offered to adopt him but luckily the 70-pound greyhound had already found himself a forever home. He lived with Mueller in Hugo and the pair had been volunteering throughout the Twin Cities. Sting did regular visits to the local hospital to comfort patients aside from his job in the library.
Source: Star Tribune