"Dogs can win friends and influence people
without ever reading a book."
~E. C. McKenzie

 
All-Around READing Dogs
Idaho ~ "River"  

Smooth Collie listening to child read a story.

River at the 4-H Summer Reading Program
focusing on canine safety.

River and Julie are one of the first R.E.A.D.® Teams in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. They hope to encourage other teams in the area to join in on this fantastic program. Julie is excited to be part of this program and considers it an honor to work alongside this kind and gentle dog.


Books about Australian Shepherds include:

Henry, the Dog With No Tail
, by Kate Feiffer
Piper, by Natalie Ghent
Puppy Tales: The Adventures of Adam the Australian Shepherd, by Kelly Carper Polden

Click these titles to see some of the books River and his friends like best:

Jules the Lighthouse Dog, by P. T. Custard
May I Pet Your Dog? by Stephanie Calmenson
The Best Pet Ever, by Victoria Roberts

 

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.

Australian Shepherd therapy dog

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.

Australian Shepherd therapy dog with two young readers

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.

     
 
 
 
 

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