Lewiston woman will share her love for working dog training

Christy Gardner of Lewiston, founder of Mission Working Dogs, is scheduled to speak Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the Auburn Public Library. Photo added

AUBURN – Christy Gardner, service and therapy dog ​​trainer, will speak at the Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11.

She and the dogs and handlers she works with will be in the Androscoggin Community Room at the library.

Gardner has been training dogs for nine years, but wanted to grow that dream to help more Mainers in need. She founded Mission Working Dogs in July 2020 as a local nonprofit to do just that.

The organization trains service dogs and therapy dogs for the local community and cleared land to build a new training center this fall.

Gardner is a 39-year-old retired Army veteran from Lewiston. She was injured overseas in 2006 and spent almost five years in rehab before she could finally live on her own again. She was able to start participating in adaptive sports thanks to her service dog, Moxie. She is now an assistant captain for the USA women’s para ice hockey team as well as an alternate for Tokyo 2020 in the shot put and discus. She also represented the United States at the Parasurfing World Championships in 2020.

This program will be in person and is family friendly. For planning reasons, registration is mandatory. To register, visit the events calendar at auburnpubliclibrary.org; contact the referral office at 207-333-6640, ext. 4; or email [email protected].

This program is part of the library’s summer reading program for adults, “Tales with Tails”, during which the library read, learned and talked about summer, nature and animals – wild and domestic. The next and final program in its summer series will feature wildlife rehabilitation with Auburn’s Misfits Rehab. For more information about this and other upcoming programs, contact the library or visit its website.

Bette C. Alvarado