A Nod to the Dog

They keep us humble, with the requirement to take care of their biological needs. When our character-judgment skills are lacking, they can tell us if someone is great for our family, or a wolf in sheep’s clothing. They introduce us to strangers, who sometimes become friends. They are our dogs. And they need to go out and do things too, besides a walk to take care of business, that is. Here are two dog-related events nearby this week:


First, if your puppy is younger than 6 months and under 30 pounds, grab him or her and the kids and head to the Animal Welfare Society’s (46 Holland Rd, Kennebunk) Drop In Puppy Social Hour on Sunday the 15th at 10:00 a.m.. This is a great place to get your puppy further socialized, to both people and other dogs. AWS trainers will be present, facilitating and providing training information. The cost is $12 for the hour, with no advance registration required. For more information, call (207) 985-3244 ext. 111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Second, and this is an important question for Phoenix readers who are parents, does your child get frustrated when you or someone else corrects them in their reading aloud? Well, as a reminder, the Portland Public Library’s (5 Monument Way) official Reading Dogs, Emmie and Flip, are still providing a non-judgmental listening ear for kids who need to practice their reading. The program is called Come! Sit! Read! and this week it takes place on Tuesday the 17th at 3:30 p.m. Emmie and Flip are registered therapy dogs and have become great favorites at the Library. This is a great way to help improve your child’s literacy and confidence. As their handler Mindy writes, “It has been shown that Library Reading Dogs help children become more confident readers by providing positive and enjoyable experiences. Reading to dogs gives children important extra practice with reading and oral skills.” So bring your reader, struggling or not, and let the two canines do their soothing thing. You may reach Library staff at 207-871-1700.

And don’t forget, it never hurts to be like a dog in certain situations: Check it out, and if you like it, get into it. If not, leave it behind.

Last modified onMonday, 09 January 2017 17:10