After the cute dog was banned from the local library, staff thought up an Amazing way to 'hire' her

Quaker, a 3-year-old German shepherd, used to go to the library with her owner, Greg Quinn. Both live in Westport, New Zealand, and frequented in the city library on their outing, ever since she was a puppy, with a fiery complaint. As Quinn told New Zealand Radio News, she grew up in a very calm and happy environment as Quinn read the daily newspaper and National Geographic, with Quaker often being lulled peacefully listening to the kids read.

That all came to an end, however, as Quakers grow  bigger than a puppy, someone recorded a complaint with the local animals control about a German shepherd hanging out at the public library, although there was no official policy about dogs in the library and other visitors were often seen with smaller dogs in baskets and carriers. "Our cover was blown, and I was very upset, just like the others," Quinn said.

As dear as Quaker was, it seems the library staff decided to respond to the problem and came up with the idea of adopting a service where children could read to dogs. The library officially invited Quaker to be part of the service, with the approval of the local animal control, giving her official library status. Quacker’s newfound status was not just a case of doggy nepotism. She had to pass a series of tests to qualify, including going under observation to make sure she was safe with the children.

There are several reading-to-dog services in operation around the world, including in the United States. An example of this is the Humane Society of Missouri’s Shelter Buddies program, where young volunteers between 6 and 15 years old can read to dogs, brushing up on their literary skills and learning how to read the dog's body language, among other skills; and the dogs get invaluable attention and socialization, and find potential owners. According to New York Therapy Animals, there are "4,500 therapy animal teams and affiliated organizations in all 50 states and in 15 different countries." So it seems like Quaker and his friends are in great company.

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