On Tuesdays throughout July, the Five Corners branch of the Jersey City Public library hosts a special visitor, a golden retriever named Ella.

On Tuesdays throughout July, the Five Corners branch of the Jersey City Public library hosts a special visitor, a golden retriever named Ella.

Ella and her owner, Pat Redden, have been visiting the library for nearly seven years as part of the “Read to Ella” program — a chance for kids to practice reading in an environment free of judgment.

Redden explained that many adults have the urge to correct kids when they make a mistake reading aloud, but by reading to Ella the kids can practice reading without potential interruption. The program also helps many kids overcome their fear of dogs.

Ella didn’t receive much attention early into her arrival on Tuesday, but after a while a crowd of children gathered around to pet her. The kids quickly bonded with Ella. “I love her hair. I mean her head is so fuzzy,” said one of the girls petting Ella.

Although most of the kids preferred to pet Ella instead of read, Eza Iqbal volunteered to read aloud. As Eza began the first chapter of a Goosebumps: Trick or Trap, Ella laid on the ground and let the other kids continue to pet her.

At one point Ella let out a loud sneeze and rolled around, causing the kids to jump back a bit.

“She flunked out of school to be a service dog because she had poor impulse control,” said Redden, who works at Saint Peter’s University as a teacher of various science courses, including chemistry and environmental science. “That’s what they said, but it’s not true. She has no impulse control.”

Although Ella failed at becoming a service dog, she was certified as a therapy dog at 2 years old. Ella mostly offers …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News

      

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