Saturday, June 11, 2011

Show and Tell

Recently Nature Girl started in a program at the library where kids can practice their reading skills by reading to a dog. A few weeks ago she saw this dog coming into the library and begged the librarian to allow her to read to him. Isn't he cute?!! His name is Fritz. He's a five year old great dane that has been trained to be a therapy dog. Look how he lays on her. He even does this while she's reading to him.

Fritz is a sweetheart and I think it was love at first sight. He's as big as she is but Nature Girl thinks he's the best. She asked his trainer if she could take him to school for show and tell. We had to get permission from the principal for Fritz to visit school, but Nature Girl went to the principal and asked him herself. The principal agreed to allow the visit. So Fritz went to school this week as Nature Girl's show and tell. The kids were amazed and had lots of questions about Fritz and his job. Fritz visits nursing homes, libraries and now schools too. He's a companion and a good listener even though he is deaf. Because he is deaf his trainer uses hand signals with him. He responds to the signals and is well behaved.

Fritz is a wonderful therapy dog. He loves to be around kids and people. As you can see, this little girl likes to be around him too!

6 comments:

Kerry said...

That is amazing - Nature Girl looks so cute and tiny next to Fritz. She must have been so excited to have him come to school:-) I love the idea of that reading program .... I must look into something similar here - I think it may be a great way to encourage our son to read more:-)

Mama Said Sew said...

Oh, I love Fritz too! What an amazing dog. I'm not surprised that Nature Girl was so drawn to him.

Yarni Gras! said...

what a neat day for her! I've read about that particular reading program...love the concept, totally makes sense that it would work.

Karen said...

I fell in love with Great Danes when I was a little girl too! They are so fantastic and gigantic! She looks so happy with his head on her lap! What an absolutely fun idea to bring him to show and tell and how great that she asked the principal herself! Way to go Nature Girl!!!!

littleminx said...

He is soooo beautiful, and what a sweet sweet story. I am really impressed with Nature Girl, you must've been so proud when she went to the principal herself! You're doing a wonderful job Mum x

jovaliquilts said...

I have never heard of such a program, but wow! Neat idea.