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Four-legged tutors make young readers comfortable

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Cosmo, Chester and Sea Breeze are three dogs that do more than eat, drink and sleep.

 They help kids learn how to read.  The dogs are evaluated, temperament tested and if they pass, they earn the title as a therapy dog.  In the Reading Dog program, the four-legged tutors serve as a non-judgmental audience for the young readers and the kids also form a special bond with them as well.

 Therapy Dogs International-Reading Dog Volunteer, Paul Prohaska says it's not the owners that make a difference.

 "It's the dogs and for every part of the experience with Reading Dog with children or any other therapy, it's the dog that has all the magic."

 Two of Prohaska's dogs are currently Reading Dogs.  The first Reading Dog in the Illinois program was also owned by Prohaska.

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