Everyone’s happy to see Scarlet when she comes to the Standley Lake Library for her PAWS for Reading session. Scarlet, a rescued Siberian Husky named for her beautiful reddish coat, is one of the most mellow animals known to man. Chosen for her good nature, Scarlet is a wonderful representative of Animals 4 Therapy.
Scarlet gently greets children and lies down as they read to her. At the end of each reading session, she politely accepts her favorite treat – “Cheesies” (as Susan, her handler, calls them) and escorts the kids out of the room.
Get to know Scarlet:
• Birthday: Valentine’s Day! (She turned 9 on 2/14/16)
• Lives in: Arvada
• Favorite Toy: Anything that squeaks
• Favorite Snack: Cheesies – They look like Cheese-it crackers.
• Favorite Book: Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
• How long has she been a therapy dog? 2 ½ years
• Nickname: “Scardini” because when she was younger, she escaped from almost anywhere!
The PAWS for Reading program is one of the most popular programs at JCPL. Any kid who reads enjoys a furry friend listener. PAWS for Reading is particularly helpful for reluctant readers. (Reading out loud is also a great exercise for a budding reader!) Kids tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment.
If you’d like a chance to read with Scarlet or one of her canine buddies, be sure to register for your 15-minute session. Call 303-235-5275 or ask our staff for details.