I remember reading somewhere that there is a program where children are told to read aloud to dogs. The purpose of this is to help the child read without feeling their reading is being judged. This is supposed the build the child's confidence so they will get over the fear of reading out loud in class.
Apparently reading benefits animals and humans alike. I love to read and I love to be read to. I highly recommend it to everyone.
By the way, we adopted a cute little Cheagal (Chihuahua/Beagle) named Bandon. He is well mannered, housebroken, loving and eager to please. I recommend that anyone interested in adopting a pet check with the local Humane Society. I'm very glad we did!