Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Bark and Read

This is Aoife posing with one of her favourite books to help me tell you about a new scheme being launched in the UK this weekend. It's called Bark and Read! Sadly there are lots of children who don't know how to read even though they are going to school. They get scared about making mistakes and being laughed at if they say the wrong word so they just don't look at books. Of course if they were like Caoimhe they would probably be eating them!

But as you know we dogs are not so mean as to laugh if someone makes a mistake and we are quite happy to lie down and snooze if little peeps want to read us a story - we won't mind if they don't know a word or stumble when they read. This kind of scheme has been successful in the United States and now the Kennel Club in England are launching a foundation to support schemes like Pets as Therapy and Reading Education Assistance Dogs that take dogs into classrooms so that children can read to them and become more confident about reading books.

It is being launched at Discover Dogs which is a big event where people can go and meet dogs and find out about different breeds - and about this new scheme. It is on at the weekend 12-13 November at Earls Court in London. Children under 12 go free and can go and read to dogs in a special area set aside for them.

If you want to know more about it you can find it on the Kennel Club website:

We think it is a very good idea because if the little peeps grow up not knowing how to read how are they going to read about our blogging adventures or the books that tell them about how to look after us? You have to plan for the future and little peeps are our future owners!

I also wanted to tell you about a great day I had yesterday at York Racecourse but it was so dark and misty the pictures did not come out very well! That was Leigh's excuse anyway but we met a lovely mini schnauzer puppy called Daisy with her owner and had a good time chasing seagulls:

This is Daisy in her lovely bandana and here she is with me. I'm looking a bit cross because I thought Daisy might have been going to get a treat for her lovely pose!

I did so much running on that racecourse that when I got home I just had to snooze for the rest of the evening - and my sister lay down to keep me company even though she hadn't been running at all!


  1. Aw, look at you two there! What a great picture. Glad you had a great day, and what a great cause with the books!

  2. We have a program where children can read to dogs here too! We saw it promoted on the TV news. It's a great idea but I would just want the kids to play with me or throw my ball, so I wouldn't be a great candidate.

    Daisy must have really run you ragged! Great sleeping shot of you and your helpful sister!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie.

  3. You two are adorable snuggle-buddies. There's nothing like a romp in the park to wear out a pup.

    Critter Alley

  4. oh, yes, i've seen what your talking about on tv, i think it's a great idea. that's what's great about dogs, they don't judge. :)

    ♥yuki and rocket

  5. Hi Magic and the gang!! How are you all, we hope you had a fab day at the show yesterday. The scheme sounds brilliant, we see we have the same book as you on the Schnauzers, we'll read up a bit more on the Bark and Read in a while. Have a great Sunday, enjoy a rest day :-) Dex and Lou xxx

  6. your furry's are so pretty and adorable ! unfortunately mine does not read books like yours.
    They prepare to watch the balcony and snoose or watch my back when I go out of the house and get a nice treats. What a life yeah !!!
    Enjoy the rest of the week.
    Warm hugs from Sunny Phnom penh Cambodia

  7. What a great cause! And, I love the way your sister naps with you :)

  8. What a great way to make little peeps read...I think it's unheard of in my country. People here are still in the dark about the usefulness of dogs! Daisy is only a puppy? She looks rather big...and the pic of you and yr sis snoozing is sooooo adorable!

  9. Thanks for posting Daisy's pics on here, she had a fab time with magic as well!xxx