WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Kids, Dogs, and Books Therapy dogs Luna (left) and Katie Bear (right) with young readers magical. We library volunteers would insist that it is both. Amy says, "The magic that happens with dogs and children is greater than the sum of its parts." Anne Stoma, another Wellesley Library volunteer who comes in with her elderly golden retriever Mariah, also agrees. She tells a story about Sam, a blond second grader, who plunked him- self down on the pillow while Mariah moved over and sat right by him. He picked up his book Leonardo the Terrible Monster, and started reading. As he continued, Mariah leaned in even closer, pushing her whole body into his. Sam stopped reading, put his arm around Mariah and said, "Don't worry, Mariah, it's not a scary monster." Anne laughs, telling me that neither the boy nor her dog knew she was there. Gian Schauer, who volunteers with her small, soft, grey and black rescue, a cockapoo named Mira, says, "I like to take the mystery out of dogs for the kids. Why does the dog bark, why is she licking her feet? I show them her paws." She tells the story of Charlie, a cute but high- strung freckle-faced boy who was trying way too hard. He got annoyed when Mira started moving around. "I told him 'Mira's just enjoying 106 WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012

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