Li­brary ca­nine sto­ry­time

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - AMY BAKER

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.

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