Doggin' It

My grumpy colleague tried to get me to sign a pledge last night - no more dog stories. For six months.

I told him I'd think about it.

How do you resist a program in North Philadelphia where kids who are having trouble learning to read spend a few hours each week reading to dogs?

I couldn't. Particularly once I heard one of the listeners is an old standard poodle named Coco Chanel.

Then there was the question of approach.

It's takes a short leash to write an entire column about a program like the one at Gesu School without resorting to  puns. But worth the effort.

Even the headline writer exercised control - "all ears and four legs."

Today's metro column, with a favorite song about Paulie's sheep dog.