SEARSPORT — The Carver Memorial Library will host a meet and greet with service dog Commander and his handler Andrea at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The public is invited to learn more about service dogs, meet Commander and ask questions.
The 4-year-old Boxer mix is a task-trained service dog specializing in medical alert. Commander was trained in part by a professional dog training company in Bangor, where he completed 30 hours of required public access field work and passed the Public Access Test allowing him to work as a service dog full-time. He then proceeded to earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate which tests for any sort of aggression under stressful situations and ensures that the dog is safe to be around other dogs and people. When he is not working, Commander enjoys chasing tennis balls, hiking and taking naps. He is an avid volunteer and will be coming to the library so children can practice reading aloud to him, and to spend time with library visitors.
The Paws to Read program will take place from 3:30-7 p.m. on two consecutive Tuesdays, Jan. 21 and 28. Service dog Commander and his handler Andrea will be at the library so children can practice reading aloud to him, and he can spend time with library visitors. Reading aloud to dogs can help children gain confidence and skill, and is a great way to experience the fun of reading.
The library is located at 12 Union St. For more information, contact the library at 207-548-2303.