readDogs and cats are going places they’ve never gone before. They’re visiting children in daycare, older people in assisted-living facilities, and patients in hospitals.

Love on a Leash  is an organization that is filled with therapy pets—pets that are specially trained by their owners to make people happy, reduce stress, and help educate people about the benefits of owning pets.

One fun thing these dogs and cats do is go to school so children can read to them. Children who have trouble reading out loud or who are shy enjoy reading to a dog or cat that will sit there and listen to them.

Now it’s your turn: What would you read to a dog if it would sit and listen to you? Choose one of the options below:

-Write about what you would read to a dog or your family pet.
-Write a short story about a child reading to an animal.
-Write a story that you could read to your family pet.

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