A Barking Good Time!

During the April school holidays, our libraries each held “Pet” themed holiday activities!

Engadine Library was lucky enough to play host to a beautiful young blonde – “India” the Assistance Dog! India and her trainer Dori are local residents and library regulars who made a special visit during our school holiday activity to meet the children. India entertained the rapt audience with a few of her many tricks, including shaking hands, picking up keys, rolling over and playing dead, and giving her trainer a hug! She can even “read” a book, turning the pages one at a time. Trainer Dori also spoke to the children about her work with Assistance Dogs Australia.

Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA) is a non-profit organisation that trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to assist people with physical disabilities. Highly trained dogs like India allow them a much greater level of independence. Dori and India are involved with the southern chapter of ADA, which is based locally at Heathcote.

The 40 children in attendance had a great time and loved watching India’s tricks. Many left cuddling their very own plush assistance dog puppies, which they purchased from Dori to support Assistance Dogs Australia.