Offbeat: Therapy Dog

November 26, 2007--Posted at 11:00 a.m. CST

PARAGOULD, AR--Henry Wrinkles can help kids learn to read, easier than many teachers.  And kids absolutely love Mr. Wrinkles, but that may have something to do with his demeanor.  Henry Wrinkles is as laid back as it gets, and that's because Henry is dog, a therapy dog.

Susan Boyd spotted Henry at the Paragould Animal Welfare Shelter and it was love at first sight.  Susan knew Henry was special and with the help of friend Robin Jercyk, created Henry Wrinkles the therapy dog.  Henry spent his first year in the elementary school classes at Greene County Tech, helping kids become more comfortable with learning to read.  This year he's at Paragould Jr. High, working with several classes, including Mrs. Skelton's special education class.  He comes in on Wednesday's and the kids go to Henry's Place, a corner where Henry and Robin work with individual students on reading skills.

Susan and Robyn have also set up the "Henry Wrinkles Foundation" to help promote the "PAWS Up for Reading Program, the Paragould Shelter, and a Spay/Neuter Clinic.