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A little ruff love helps kids read
[NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
Newsday - Long Island, N.Y.
Author: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Date: Nov 23, 2005
Start Page: A.02
Section: NEWS
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For about 30 minutes, each child reads to one of the two trained therapy dogs. No teachers or other students are in the room. The animal's handler guides the lesson, but even she poses her questions as if the dog is the one who wants answers about the story.

"They like the nonjudgmental character of the dog," said Barbara Murgo, the human partner in the therapy team with [Ross], whose formal name is Rossini.

"If they make a mistake, the dog isn't going to correct them," Murgo said. "The dog is not going to laugh at them. It's just going to listen and love every word they say."

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