A small community library in southeast Minnesota has gotten a flood of attention from around the world in recent days, and it’s all thanks to a 10-year-old retired greyhound. Or rather, his owner, John Muellner.
John adopted Sting from Greyhound Pets of America in 2011. For the last couple years, the two have participated in the Paws to Read program, a fun and non-judgmental atmosphere in which young children come and read to one of the library’s two therapy dogs.
Up until last week, Sting was only scheduled for an hour twice each month. But this sweet pooch is now booked solid through April, and the White Bear Lake Library’s had to add a few more hours to accommodate all the extra demand.
So what prompted this sudden spike in interest? John and Sting showed up for their regular visit on February 7, even though no one had signed up for a reading session. They socialized with the librarians and patrons for a while, and later that day, John posted the following message:
Talk about heeding the call! That post has been shared nearly 100,000 times since, and Sting’s next appearance at the library is now scheduled for February 13, a week earlier than originally scheduled.
John says he’s even fielded calls from as far away as Ireland and New Zealand from people who just want to chat with Sting, who also works his charm as a therapy dog at area hospitals.
“We’ve had multiple calls of people who just want us to hold the phone up to Sting’s ear so they can read to him,” said Ann Wahlstrom, the children’s librarian who oversees the program.
All that, from one little Facebook post and some adorable photos! It might’ve been shared so widely because people thought Sting looked especially sad and lonely, but John notes that it’s “his signature look.”
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