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Welcome to Tail Wags & Book Bags!

We are a 501(c)3 that provides highly trained assistance dogs to schools to help students challenged by learning differences such as dyslexia, executive function, speech and language, visual/motor coordination, sensory processing and ADHD. 


We are dedicated to enhancing the academic, emotional and social well being of students by pairing wise, skilled, loving dogs with tailored education. Tail Wags and Book Bags was formed in 2014 by Karin Hemphill, M.Ed, MA.

Karin's son struggled with learning differences during childhood.  He was fun-loving and caring but school was not his favorite place to be. Twice per month, his occupational therapist brought a golden retriever named Obie to sessions. On those days, her son was up early, independent with regard to routine, and very happy about going to school.  Karin realized then that assistance dogs have an amazing ability to transform the lives of children. 

Engage students in literacy, occupational, and speech therapy sessions.

Literacy & Therapy

Integrate specialized canine skills into academics to enhance education.

Classroom & Tutoring

Emotional Support

Comfort students by reducing anxiety, calming busy minds, and easing emotions.

Tail Wags &

Book Bags

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We are a 501(c)3. Your contribution is tax deductible.

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