Llay dog has a nose for a good story


Garth ApThomas

A visitor with four paws and a waggy tail has been helping children improve their reading skills.

An 11-year-old greyhound, from Llay, near Wrexham, popped into Hawarden High School in Flintshire as part of the Read to Dogs scheme, aimed at boosting youngsters’ confidence in literacy.

The wiry pooch, who has the unusually formal name of Adam Lewis, was said to have “listened intently” as stories were read aloud by pupils.

Read to Dogs sees four-legged visitors at schools up and down the country.

Advocates said it is proving a highly successful tool in upping literacy standards among low-confidence readers.

The presence of the animals creates a calm and relaxed environment for the youngsters to flourish, organisers said.

Adam belongs to Sharon Lewis, fundraising co-ordinator for Greyhound Rescue Wales’ (GRW) northern region.

Mrs Lewis, 48, said: “I have a friend, Beth Richardson, who is a teacher at Hawarden High School.

“She asked me if Adam would be OK to come in for a session and it went very well.

“There were about five or six children taking part.

“They read out passages individually. Adam loved it and it helped give the children confidence in their reading.”

o The GRW will hold a fun dog show packed full of activities tomorrow.

The event will take place at Alyn Waters Country Park, Mold Road, Gwersyllt, and is open to all breeds and their owners.

Mrs Lewis said: “There is no pre-registration and entry to each class is £1. There will be 10 classes in all, plus the best in show. Judging starts at noon.

“There will be lots of charities at the event, including Dogs Trust, who will be offering free micro-chipping on the day.

“The Guide Dogs for the Blind will also be attending, together with the PDSA and many other well-known charities and organisations. There will also be face painting for the children and much, much more.

“We will have a local dog obedience team coming along to perform a display.”

“If anyone needs more information about the event they are able to contact me on 07599406198.”

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