Viral Pictures of Sad Therapy Dog Rejuvenate Library Program

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
Sting, a bored greyhound library volunteer, was upset because he had no children to work with… but after his owner posted his dejected pictures online, Sting now has a full dance card.

A program called Paws To Read at the White Bear Lake Library in Minnesota has had a burst of renewed enthusiasm as one of the volunteer dogs’ owners posted some pretty sad pictures of a lonely pup with no one reading to him.

Sting is a 10-year-old gorgeous greyhound who volunteers with the program, which lets little children sit, pet and read with Sting at the library.

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But last week, poor Sting didn’t have anyone to read with him, and his owner, John Muellner posted some pictures of Sting looking very mopey all by himself at the library to his Facebook account.

Posted by on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

With nearly 100,000 shares, Sting became an instant celebrity and the White Bear Lake children’s librarian Ann Wahlstrom said that they were overwhelmed with calls from people all over the nation who wanted to sign up for a pause to read with Sting. Some even asked her to hold the phone up to his ear so they could read to them from wherever they lived!

Posted by on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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Muellner said that even though no one came to read to Sting last week, he still had a good time visiting staff and kids in the library, as he’s used to doing as a therapy dog at children’s hospitals and nursing homes. He typically visits the White Bear Lake library twice a month as part of the Paws to Read program, but since he’s become such a celebrity, Muellner added two more sessions for the kids. Each session lasts about 20 minutes and takes place in libraries across the state of Minnesota.

Wahlstrom says their hearts are full–what’s better than kids or dogs? Not much, we tell ‘ya. Not much.
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