Claire Moxim and Alice the dog (far right) read to a group of preschoolers at the Vonore Public
Library. Pictured from left are Zeb Kinton, 4, of Maryville, Taylor Kinton, 2, of Maryville, Jacob
Giles, 4, of Vonore, and Cheyenne Sutton, 3, of Vonore.
|Published: 9:23 AM, 12/17/2012
Author: Melissa Kinton
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Alice loves a good story. In fact,
reading is a lot more fun when she's around.
Alice can't actually read. She is
only 3 years old, and she's a dog, but she is an excellent
listener. She loves to go to classrooms and libraries. Her favorite
people in the world are children, specifically children who read to
Claire Moxim adopted Alice from the
Monroe County Animal Shelter last year. Moxim, a professional dog
trainer, is also a volunteer with H.A.B.I.T. (Human Animal Bond in
Tennessee), a non-profit, animal-assisted therapy program of the
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
H.A.B.I.T. provides medically and
behaviorally evaluated dogs, cats or rabbits for visits to places
where the animals might ease emotional or physical suffering.
H.A.B.I.T.'s Ruff Reading program uses dogs to help children who
are insecure or have trouble reading build confidence and reading
See full story in the Sunday, Dec. 16, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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