Quaker is a three-year-old German Shepherd who is a very good girl. She is gentle, calm and laid back, but for some reason she was banned from going into the place she loves most. Her owner, Gregg Quinn, had been bringing her to the library with him ever since she was a puppy.
"She would come to the library with me and got used to it. I'd sit down and read the newspapers, The Press, and National Geographic, and she'd just lie there and sit by me for the next two hours," Quinn said.
He wasn't the only one bringing his dog into the building, he said that, "you'd get people there with their little dogs in their hand basket and older people with their wheelchair carts with their little dog, and it was good." But eventually a woman started to question it. "Then one day a woman said to me, 'what's your dog doing in here'? and I said 'I thought it was allowed'."
An official complaint was made and they were forced to get all the dogs out of the building. But immediately after they were sent away, the library took actions to bring them back. That's when Quaker got a job offer she couldn't refuse...
The library management decided they wanted to introduce the 'Reading to Dogs' service that had been successful in other areas. "The rationale behind this is that a child who is having difficulty mastering reading is likely to see an increase in confidence when able to practice reading aloud."
Quaker was offered the job after she had proved time and time again that she was the best listener in town. "It apparently now means Quaker is a member of staff, which means she's allowed in the library," Quinn said.
The dog control laws now have no reason to kick out Quaker, because she's busy at work! "I mean, it's not like we're paying her - not even in dog biscuits, but in lots of cuddles and kisses," said one of the library workers.
Quaker had to go through a set of tests to make sure she would be good with kids, but her patient attitude and happy disposition helped her ace the program. She now helps many children learn to read while hanging out in the place she loves.