Hi, Pearl here! I’ve been unwell for the last couple of weeks, with some sort of acute arthritis which made my front feet swell up. It was really painful for a while, and I’ve had to take nasty medicine. The upside of this is I get chicken and turkey and ham to disguise the taste. It’s wonderful to have turkey back in my life after being deprived of it since Christmas.
The downside – apart from the pain – is not being able to go for walks. I’ve been very bored, and Annabelle has been reading me her work in progress to keep me entertained. This is good for her as well as me, because reading aloud helps her spot mistakes in her stories – and if she misses one, I can put her right.
We dogs love to be read to. Some schools have schemes where kids can improve their reading skills by reading to a visiting dog. I would love to do that, but unfortunately I’m scared of children. I don’t mind if one or two come up and stroke me, as long as they’re quiet and gentle; but a whole class of them would terrify me.
Today is World Read Aloud Day, so why not try reading to your dog? I know not all dogs are literate like me, but we all love the sound of our humans’ voices!