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Canines Help Henderson Co. Children Learn To Read

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Man's best friend can do a lot more than sit, rollover and fetch. Man's best friend can do a lot more than sit, rollover and fetch.
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -

Romeo is an unlikely, yet perfect tutor.

The Yorkshire terrier can sit for hours, quietly listening to new and beginner readers practice their skills.

And studies have even shown that pairing canines and kids works.

Officials say the "Reading to Rover" program helps children gain confidence in their reading abilities.

“If they make a mistake or whatever, it doesn't matter to them.  They just like to be around the children,” says Romeo’s owner Charlene Farrell.

One of the biggest challenges for young children learning to read is the embarrassment of making simple mistakes, and with dogs there is none of that.

“If they make a mistake or whatever, it doesn't matter,” Farrell said.

"Reading to Rover" will be offered on Thursday afternoons from 3 until 4:30 p.m.  The program is free and available to anyone in the community.  For more information, click here or call 828-698-0674.

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