Chopper, a service dog, comes by every Monday afternoon to listen to children practice their reading.
As with most such critters, he is completely non-judgmental.
And that seems to be something some kids need when they open a book.
A mom who has two sons, one of whom is starting to read, told me this past Monday that the older one refused to read to her and husband -- until he got comfortable reading to Chopper.
Now, she said, he reads to them all the time.
A real success story.