Cirra is a Great Pyrenees. Known as a giant breed, these handsome dogs can weigh 100 pounds or more. For hundreds of years, their keen intelligence, devotion, and excellent eyesight and scenting ability have made them invaluable to the working shepherds high on the Pyrenees mountain slopes.
Cirra looks right at home
in the mountains of Maine.
Although primarily a shepherd’s working companion, they are exceptional guardians and were adopted as the Royal Dog of France in the court of King Louis XIV.
Cirra is ready to hold court as the
Royal Dog of Blue Hill Library.
A breed with many names, sometimes shortened to Pyr, they are typically confident, gentle, and affectionate with their family, patient and tolerant in general; however, it has also been said that because of their independent nature, the Great Pyrenees may not be as easy to train as some breeds.
Cirra was born in December 2004, and when she was only one year old she passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and then earned her AKC Rally Novice title—with a blue ribbon!
Cirra and her dad with their blue ribbons.
When she was two, she completed her Therapy Dogs International training and also earned three titles with the Dog Scouts of America. Cirra is a founding member of the first Dog Scouts of America Troop in Maine. She has earned her community service, cleanup, therapy dog, and backpacking badges.
Cirra and buddies visit
Swan Island Library.
Whether working dog or dog of French nobility, it has been said that the Great Pyrenees were considered so useful, each one was counted as equal to two men.
Cirra helps out in an
oxygen mask demonstration.
When Cirra was three, she completed the requirements for the three Versatility Titles of the Great Pyrenees Club of America: Versatility Ambassador, Versatility Emissary, and Versatility Excellent! Her Versatility activities included: public education, walk-a-thons, therapy dog visits, boating, hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, agility, and rally obedience.
Cirra with two of her Dog Scout buddies.
Cirra's Dog Scout Troop friends, Bri, Rissa, and Timber helped her to learn about being a Library Dog. Cirra also became a Reading Education Assistance Dog with her team partner, Robyn Douglas. Since that time, children have read to Timber and Cirra each month at the Somesville Library in Mount Desert, Maine. In 2008 Cirra also began helping the readers in the kindergarten through third grades at Mount Desert Elementary School.
|Beautiful Glimmer's Spirit of Acadia, "Cirra," crossed over the Rainbow Bridge October 16, 2014, shortly before her 10th birthday. A very special girl, she made more than 1,000 therapy visits and earned dozens of awards and titles.