Dog-lovers of all ages are invited to come to the Marshalltown Public Library on Jan. 15 to meet Kiska, a champion Samoyed who is also a certified therapy dog.
Kiska and her owner, Janet Crowther-Jensen, will be in the lobby area of the library from 3:30 to 4 p.m. for a meet and greet with anyone interested. At 4 p.m., there will be a brief sit-down program geared toward school-aged children through adults, featuring information about the breed, with additional opportunities to ask questions and interact with Kiska. Participants may also have their photographs taken with Kiska, if they wish.
Finally, a donation of the award-winning book, "The Story of Rex of White Way, The Blizzard King" by Jim Cheskawich will be presented by Kiska and her owner to the library. The book chronicles the exciting life of a pure-bred Samoyed who lived in California from 1946-1957, including being involved in rescuing more than 30 people, setting records, being in a movie with John Wayne, and more. According to Crowther-Jensen, Kiska is descended from this dog, as are most of the Samoyed dogs currently living in the United States.
Pictured is Kiska, with her handler Janet Crowther-Jensen.
There is no pre-registration required for this free program. Please see the library's website and online calendar at www.marshalltownlibrary.org for information about this and other library programs and services.