Former show dog lends her ear to young readers

Kid 1 looks at a doggy book with StellaYesterday afternoon at downtown’s Main library, Jan McCollain, 51, volunteered the calm demeanor and ruffly ears of her dog Stella, 8, to kids in need of reading practice. In Stella’s youth, said McCollain, she was a prize-winner among Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, a breed known for its sociability and eagerness to please.

Across the country and beyond, therapy dogs (whose imperturbability has been certified), visit young readers in libraries and schools.

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