He was the dog nobody wanted to read to, until his owner took to Facebook

Sting is now busier than ever at White Bear Lake Library.

What's happening?

A Minnesota dog is the talk of the internet after his owner's Facebook post looking for people to read to him at the local library went viral.

How viral? We're talking more than 80,000 shares on the post by John Muellner about his beloved dog, Sting.

What's the story?

Sting is involved in the Paws to Read program at White Bear Lake Public Library, which gives children the chance to work on their reading skills by reading books aloud to registered therapy animals.

You have to book slots to read with specific dogs, and in an attempt to get some more bookings for Sting, Muellner took to Facebook.


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He shared three photos of Sting looking a little down in the dumps, along with an appeal for children aged 4-8 to come read to him.

This prompted the huge response from Minnesotans and indeed the rest of the world to a post that was not just shared on Facebook, but on other sites like Reddit as well.


It worked, big time. Ramsey County Library service said on Friday that Sting is now booked up through April.

"Thanks everyone for your outpouring of love and support for Sting!" it added.

If your child fancies reading to a therapy dog, Ramsey County has slots available for several other dogs around the county. 

You can find the schedule here. 

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