River is an Australian Shepherd. "Aussies" are known for being very sociable and the keepers of the children. It has been said that if a toddler strays from the family, the Aussie will find the child and lead it back to its family. The Aussie comes in many colors but the four main varieties are Black Tri (this is what River is), Blue Merle, Red Tri, and Red Merle. Aussies are very bright and are members of the herding group. It may surprise you but the Australian Shepherd likely did not originate in Australia; rather, it is believed to have come from an area between Spain and France and got its name because of its connection with the Basque shepherds who came to America from Australia in the 1800s.
River with some of his favorite books.
Born in 2000, River has led an interesting and very busy life so far. A retired show and obedience dog, it seems he has found reading with children to be his new favorite thing to do. River's owner, Julie, has worked with children for many years and is currently working with a 4-H club with 16 members. She has found River's temperament and great behavior around children perfect for helping youngsters without dogs or with dogs that are difficult to handle. She says they will use River to gain the confidence and skills needed to help train their own dogs. In addition, she and River have traveled to local libraries during the summer to help teach Canine Safety. His job is to show children how to properly meet, greet, and pet a dog.
A day in the park at Payette Library.
River enjoys having children read to him, and his kind and gentle nature helps the kids open up to him. River has several books he brings along on visits, and both he and children really seem to enjoy Jules the Lighthouse Dog and The Best Pet Ever.