A video of a lonely library dog looking for children to read to him has gone viral.

At the library, Sting the Greyhound was alone, with no one to give him a story. The Minnesota reading therapy dog spends many hours at the local library listening to children read to him. However, no one came up on this particular night.

John Muellner, Sting’s human, didn’t want him to be alone again, so he tweeted some images of a sad-looking Sting along with an appeal for additional readers:

“Unfortunately, no one registered to read to Sting tonight at the White Bear Lake library. If you know a child aged 4 to 8 who would like reading to a dog, please let us know. To learn more about the Paws to Read program, call or visit the White Bear Lake library’s website. Sting will perform on February 21st from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.”

Muellner’s tweet went viral (with over 100,000 shares), and the library began receiving phone calls from as far away as California. Some dog owners requested that the librarians hold the phone to Sting’s ear and read to him. There was also a flood of calls from local families, and the once-empty Sting is now completely booked.
Sting, according to Muellner, isn’t actually lonely; he only appears to be. “Nothing scares him; nothing worries him; not even squirrels,” says the 10-year-old former racing dog, who is also a trained therapy dog.

That is why the dog is well-suited for his visits to the library, where he encourages young people to read and provides a non-threatening and enjoyable manner for them to improve their reading skills.

Sting is more than capable, and he won’t have to worry about being alone in the library any more!

Muellner announced earlier this month that he had to let Sting go. After two brothers who read to Sting sent him these cards, he also conveyed Sting’s enduring impression. “This is about two brothers who read Sting the Greyhound to my son at the White Bear Lake, Minnesota library. I had to let him leave earlier this month due to a scheduling conflict. They went out of their way to make these cards for me. One of the reasons why the Pet Therapy program is so great is because of this. And the library’s Paws to Read program is fantastic.”

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