In a "I wish I had a camera moment," my older son sat on a blanket with his little brother and read two books aloud to him, a dog named Breeze and the lady who brought the Golden Retriever. The setting was our local public library. The program was called Tale-Waggers™ and was sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Kennel club. The idea behind the program is that children are more comfortable reading to dogs than human beings. They may be on to something there...
We might not have gone tonight (in a rain storm nonetheless) if we hadn't had great success the week before. I was needlessly nervous that first night, but the brothers made a good team and did absolutely fine. Both were well behaved little gentleman and both seemed to enjoy the activity.
The little brother picked both dogs. The big brother chose to have the same dog as his brother--probably because making choices is hard sometimes for people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder like my son. It worked out well because my little one does not read yet. He'll go to kindergarten in the fall.
As for me I was surprised on two counts. I figured both boys would choose a smaller dog. Imagine my shock when my little "foo foo" boy passed up two cute little poodles to read to Barren, a big German Shepherd and Breeze, (the previously mentioned) Golden Retriever respectively.
The second surprise was that my one with ASD actually looked forward all evening to the 6:30 p.m. event (I told him about it at 3:30 p.m.). My guy who has been anxious about dogs (especially big ones) for most of his life kept asking when it would be time to "read to the puppy dogs." Mom stands corrected on both accounts.