By Ashley Rader
Especially when he’s a friendly 95-pound Great Pyrenees who happens to be having a birthday.
Therapy dog Bear got a special surprise this week when the young readers at the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library threw him a birthday party.
Children’s Librarian Ashlee Williams said the readers who attend the Tuesday afternoon Storytime planned the surprise birthday party for Bear, who turned 2 on Saturday. When Bear came to Storytime with his owner and handler Kathy Whitehead to let children read to him, he was greeted with a party.
Bear is a certified pet therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International. Part of his work as a therapy dog is to visit schools, hospitals and nursing homes, along with the library, to visit with students and patients.