Born March 3, 2011, Ridge is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, sometimes called a “Chessie."
A youngster himself, Ridge joins in
for Toddler Story Time
Ridge was introduced to the library, small children, books, and reading when he was
invited to Toddler Story Time as a 3-month-old puppy in May 2011. A little over a year
later, he received his Therapy Dogs Incorporated registration. Membership with
R.E.A.D. ® (Reading Education Assistance Dogs®) followed just in time for the 2012
summer sessions with Reader Dog Downeast at the Southwest Harbor Public Library
on Mount Desert Island in Maine.
Ridge is catching on quickly and following in the paw prints of his
predecessors, Kelvin and Cody. Andy, a young boy who began reading with Kelvin, then
helped train Cody as a Reader Dog, has been instrumental in teaching Ridge as well.
In addition to volunteering at the library, Ridge visits assisted living and Alzheimer
residents at Birch Bay Village in Bar Harbor, Maine twice a month.
Kelvin was an amazing R.E.A.D. dog,
always ready to offer encouragement .
|Sadly, after a very full life including activities such as mountain climbing, backpacking, boating, skijoring, camping, agility and boatyard dog trials in addition to his reading with children visits, Kelvin crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on March 18, 2009.
Cody always looked happy about being a
R.E.A.D. team member.