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VIDEO: Riley Raises Readers at Half Moon Bay Library

One local dog and his guardian work with children to improve their reading skills.

For the last few years, Half Moon Bay resident Nancy West and her boxer dog Riley have come to the local library to work with children interested in practicing their reading.

Held at library branches across San Mateo County, the Paws for Tales program was initiated as one of the Peninsula Humane Society's pet-assisted therapy programs.

Riley — who is a certified therapy dog that has been trained through the Peninsula Humane Society — is the only dog who participates in the monthly program at the .

West initiated the program at the library "three or four years ago," she says.

Riley also volunteers with West at Atria, an assisted living facility in Daly City.

Watch the video of West, Riley and a young reader here. Stay tuned for an article to learn more about the work and training Riley underwent to become a therapy dog.

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Kitty January 25, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Reagan, a beautiful golden retriever, read with the students at Hatch Elementary School on a regular bases. He was part of the Community Reader's Day event this past Tuesday at Hatch.

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