Readers of all abilities are invited to read to a Tail Waggin' Tutor in the storyhour room between 11:00 a.m. and noon. Register at the event to read to Kiva on a first come, first served, basis.
Kiva is a three and a half year old Golden Retriever. At 90 pounds she is very large for a female, but she is exceptionally good and always gentle with children.
As her dog trainer said at the beginning of her training, she was born to be a therapy dog. She is a good mix of exuberance, inquisitiveness, friendliness and confidence. She is also a striking and unusual blonde color, and is a magnet for young and old when out in public.
Goldens are a fascinating breed. They need a tremendous amount of exercise, but can lie completely content at your feet for hours. According to her human, Mark Mehlos, "Kiva's main goal in life is to be petted as much as possible, and to be touching another human."