The Clearview Library’s PAWS for Reading program recently welcomed five new canine team members.
“We’re excited to have these new pups and their humans join us,” said Monica Gould, Youth Services Programming Assistant and PAWS for Reading Program Coordinator.
PAWS for Reading is a volunteer program where kids (and adults) can build skills and confidence by reading to a certified therapy dog.
“The program helps foster confidence in kids who may be struggling with reading,” said Gould.
“Our PAWS dogs love it when kids read to them. They also love to snuggle with little ones while their owners read aloud.”
Meet the Teams
Clint and Rachael Jeane, and their Samoyed, Duke, joined our program in April. They are at the library most first and third Saturday mornings of the month from 10-11 a.m. Duke is 3 years old, has a wardrobe of 15 ties, and shares his humans with Harley, his best pal and aspiring therapy dog, a mini Australian Shepherd.
Sasha, Luke, and Skippy
Dianne Dowden and her three pooches — Sasha, a Mini Australian Shepherd; Luke, a Toy Australian Shepherd; and Skippy, a Pomeranian / Pappillon mix — joined our program in July. Dianne and one of the dogs will be in the library on variable Thursday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dianne and crew are very involved with Pathways Hospice, visiting patients in their homes and with the Circle of Hope program — a special program for children who have lost a parent to cancer. Luke and Sasha also compete in K-9 Nose Work Trials.
Jonni Mildenberger and Walter, a German Shepherd / Border Collie mix, also joined the program in July, most second and fourth Thursday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m. They participate in Denver International Airport’s CATS program, (Canine Airport Therapy Squad), and are looking forward to hanging out with the kids at the library!
PAWS dogs visit the Windsor-Severance Library weekly. Visit our calendar for the full schedule.