Satchel was meant to be a guide dog for the blind but after failing to pass muster, he made a career change. He became a dog that helped socialize other potential guide dog puppies.
Satchel also socializes with children at libraries, listening to them read aloud, and with the elderly at retirement centers.
On April 2 the golden retriever-labrador mix, along with the help of the El Dorado 2nd Sight Puppy Raisers, celebrated his 10th birthday at the Cameron Park Library.
The birthday party raised awareness for PAWS for Reading — a Scholastic Books program that allows children to read to dogs to gain confidence in reading — and the El Dorado 2nd Sight Puppy Raisers — a club that raises guide dog puppies and puts on a similar reading program at the El Dorado County Library in Placerville.
The party gave children another opportunity for kids to read to the dogs while celebrating, said Carolyn Reese, Satchel’s owner.
PAWS for Reading is held at the Cameron Park library every Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. The Placerville library has readings the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. The reading programs allow children to read to dogs for about 15 minutes, allowing the dogs to socialize and the children to gain reading confidence.
Call the Cameron Park Library at (530) 621-5500 for more information or to reserve a future reading spot. The El Dorado County Library in Placerville can be reached at (530) 621-5540.
For more information on the El Dorado 2nd Sight Puppy Raisers Club visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/ElDorado2ndSight.