Wellingborough greyhound Danny listens to children read
- 25 October 2011
- From the section Northampton
A greyhound that listens to children with special needs as they read aloud has been recognised as an "amazing animal" by a charity.
Rescued as a stray in Ireland, Danny and his owner Tony Nevett travel from their home in Northamptonshire to primary schools around the UK.
Children then read to Danny to improve their self-confidence and ability.
He received the award from The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
Two-year-old Danny has been trained with the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) programme, which originated in the United States.
It aims to help children's reading and communication skills by giving them a non-judgemental audience.
Danny may only raise an eyebrow, twitch a paw or even fall asleep, but he will not laugh, correct pronunciation or complain.
Owner Tony Nevett said both the children and Danny enjoyed each other's company.
"He loves it, he's very patient, and he's doing his job very well," he added.
"He loves the kids and they love him.
"If the children don't want to read in class, or they don't want to read to a teacher - if they read to Danny at least they are learning to read."