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Read, Fido, read: Dogs help struggling children excel

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Callie, the reading apricot poodle, sits in her "reading corner" waiting for a story. (Photo by Danielle Gaines)


Callie practices "pawphonics" while reading at home on a Friday afternoon. (Photo by Danielle Gaines)


Callie, an apricot toy poodle, voluteers by helping struggling children read. (Photo by Danielle Gaines)


Nancy George-Michalson lies down to read with her dog, Callie, in their New York apartment. (Photo by Danielle Gaines)

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Dog owners train pups to read, turn story book pages and help struggling kids with "pawphonics."