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Just days before an old gentleman at a skilled nursing facility passed away, Rosie Lee, a registered therapy dog, lay on his bed, nestled next to him. He reached out and petted her. Her visits had highlighted his time there; he even kept a photo of her in his wallet. A …

For hundreds, maybe thousands, of children across the country, there are some new heroes in their towns: reading therapy dogs. These four-legged listeners are helping kids with their reading skills. The dogs are non-judgmental and lend the children confidence, and just how heroic this activity is has been affirmed by …