Robyn Douglas and her Great Pyrenees, Cirra (Glimmer’s Spirit of Acadia) have earned their Therapy Dogs International Remarkable Volunteer Award Title (TDIRVA). Therapy Dogs International, Inc. awards this title in recognition of the dog’s tireless determination to visit those in need of their unconditional love and the active volunteers who share these great dogs for the benefit of others. In addition to 100 Tail Waggin’ Tutor reading visits, Robyn and Cirra have enjoyed another 250 Children Reading to Cirra reading dog visits.
For several years Cirra has listened to students from Mount Desert Elementary School on Tuesdays and local children on Thursday afternoons at the Northeast Harbor Library. The Children Reading to Cirra Program has been part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. Campers read to Cirra at Camp Beech Cliff one afternoon a week during the past two summers as well. Cirra has participated in special reading events at local schools and libraries. In addition, Cirra visits with residents at Birch Bay Retirement Village with Denise Houseknecht. At nine years of age Cirra enjoys her daily walks, learning new things and is a member of the Downeast Dog Scouts.