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Dog-Themed Event Teaches Love of Reading

Dogs invade Norwalk's Stepping Stones Museum for Children on June 4 and 5, when it holds its first ever event devoted to promoting reading, literacy and intergenerational learning.The two day BooZoo’s Canine Carnival, with special guest veterinarian Dr. Martin Goldstein, showers kids with opportunities to meet and learn about dogs and to watch them show off their skills.

On Saturday, celebrity vet and author, Dr. Martin Goldstein , known as "Dr. Marty," makes an appearance at the Museum, to talk to kids about his experiences with animals. As veterinarian to Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey's pets, as well as a radio show host and author of the book "The Nature of Animal Healing," he's gathered a large following for his holistic treaments.

Who's BooZoo? He's the event's mascot, a toy puppy who lives in the Museum's toddler area and is known for his love of reading. He'll be around for both days and on Saturday, when American Kennel Club representatives arrive with a variety of breeds of dogs to introduce. Then, visitors get to watch agility trained dogs go through their paces and a demonstration by working dogs. On Sunday,  at 1 p.m., a Dog Walk and Pooch Parade invites visitors to show off their dogs, in costumes, if the dog cooperates. To help raise money for the Museum's programs, parade participants can solicit sponsors for their dogs and be eligible to win a prize. More prizes will be awarded for Great Pooch Parade entries who judges decide is the Pooch with the Best Smooch, Best BooZoo Look-a-Like, Best Dressed Dog and Best Tail Wagger. Love dogs, reading and want to support Stepping Stones? Come on down! Hours both days are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 and $12. For more information visit the Museum's website.

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