A SHAGGY DOG STORY
Real life can be as amazing as fiction, especially when it comes to the power of animals. They may not be able to read themselves but studies show dogs help children with literacy problems by boosting selfesteem. Not-forprofit Story Dogs takes trained pups with handlers into primary schools and helps thousands of kids with its free program. Because the canines don’t laugh or criticise, young readers are free to learn at their own pace, becoming more confident as their literacy improves. For info, go to storydogs.org.au.