I was invited, along with Assistance Dog, Kiera, to Burnside Library in January 2021 to take part in their school holiday program. In our session, I spoke with the children about two topics, writing books and Assistance Dogs. I believe it really important to educate children about correct etiquette around Assistance Dogs as they become more prevalent in our society. After our chat, I read two books from the Next Door’s Dog series. The children concluded the session by painting dog rocks.
There were twenty children with parents in the group. Emily Holmes of Klemzig brought her two daughters, Cadence and Lillian, to the session and said they learnt a lot. “We had watched a documentary on working dogs so this session was perfect. It is good for the girls to understand how to behave around an assistance dog.”
I also took the opportunity to announce the fourth book in the Next Door’s Dog series, Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog, which is due for release in April 2021.
Following the session, some children chose to have photographs taken with Kiera and I, and others chose to purchase books.
Thank you to Caroline, Jenny and Angus of Burnside Library. It was a lovely morning.