Library canine storytime
Young Massey library-goers will soon have the chance to make furry friends.
Registered charity Dogabled New Zealand has been invited to attend a storytime session once a month at the Massey Library. It aimed to promote knowledge around dogs, as well as building a bond with them as a companion animal.
Dogabled director Heather Laanbroek said the library also functioned as a secure environment, with only one dog at a time.
‘‘It’s being able to provide a safe space for people to have their children interact with a safe dog, without the risk of other dogs – whether they be off-lead or on-lead - coming up and maybe undoing the work we’ve done.’’
All dogs were trained by their owners, who were themselves volunteers, however, the dogs were assessed independently by Dogs New Zealand.
There were eight dogs in the team, of all different breeds and sizes.
Laanbroek said the storytime session included reading a few stories with a link to dog safety or animal welfare, activities, such as making a dog toy, and time where they can practise getting to know the dog.
The Dogabled storytime sessions start at Massey Library, March 3.
Dogabled volunteers, mini schnauzer, Mo, and labrador, Django.