RIDGEFIELD — Sophia Goodwin was absolutely giddy Tuesday as her mother drove her to the Ridgefield Community Library.
“My wish has come true,” Goodwin, 4, told her mom while sitting in a car seat. “I wanted to do this since I was a baby.”
What Sophia wanted to do so badly was participate in the library’s Read to the Dogs program, in which kids take turns reading out loud to a patient canine. Any child can participate.
Read to the Dogs is part of the Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams Program and is run by DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital and Guide Dogs for the Blind. It sends trained dogs to three libraries in Clark County: Ridgefield, Vancouver Community Library and Three Creeks Community Library.
Ridgefield’s program started in December after Cindy Bean reached out to Ridgefield librarian Sean McGill. Bean and Limon, her 4-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, have been part of the therapy teams program for more than two years. Bean, a Ridgefield resident, heard about the Read to the Dogs program and thought it would be fun for her local library.