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Love on a Leash

Frankie’s New Leash on Life

IN THE October 3 ISSUE

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Frankie is a mixed breed with a lot of Jack Russell characteristics or, as Olga says when asked Frankie’s breed, “My Frankie is one of a kind.”

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Lily, the Good Time Girl: A Therapy Dog Adventure

IN THE September 5 ISSUE

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Lily, a Golden Retriever, came to Pat as a puppy in 2005. In less than a year, she earned her CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and became certified as a therapy dog.

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She Works For Cheerios: A Therapy Dog Story

IN THE July 4 ISSUE

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At one hundred and three pounds Bella Moose is a big girl with an even bigger heart. Abandoned as a puppy by some renters who moved out and, despite promising their landlady the puppy had gone with them, left her behind in an empty apartment.

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A Kiss is Still a Kiss: A Therapy Dog Story

IN THE June 7 ISSUE

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Linda had been a Shih Tzu breeder so she knew the breed well. She had also done pet therapy work so when she and her husband, Joe, retired they were determined to dedicate some of their time to pet therapy.

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Working for a Dream: A Therapy Dog Story

IN THE December 7 ISSUE

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Rachel knew she wanted to be a vet from early on. Her mother supported her dream by scheduling vet appointments for times when Rachel could go, too and then, at nineteen, her dream was given a big boost when she landed a job with a vet clinic run by a father/daughter team. Both vets were mentors to Rachel, and she was able to get practical experience in caring for sick animals and even observing surgeries. Not afraid of hard work, Rachel worked full time at the vet hospital and carried a full load of college courses at night. Dreams are worth working hard for.

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Cleo, the Accidental Therapy Cat

IN THE July 20 ISSUE

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Cleo was an Oops kitten. Just as Michelle was getting ready to take Cleo’s mom to be spayed, it was discovered that she was pregnant. All the kittens in the litter were cute, but from the beginning there was something special about little Cleo. Michelle kept several of the kittens, and of course that included Cleo, who continued to distinguish herself as “special”. She was gentle, loving, and despite having all her claws intact, never showed them–at least, not to people. As Michelle said, ‘She sat in the palm of my hand and there was just something unique about her!”

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Duke’s Story: A Therapy Dog Story

IN THE May 18 ISSUE

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When Shiloh decided to get a dog, her first dog, she took all the right steps. She went to a breeder with a reputation in the breed and selected a puppy. When the puppy seemed to have recurring tummy problems, she immediately took him to a vet. And, when that vet couldn’t diagnose the problem to her satisfaction, she went to another vet. It took several vet visits before she found one who could get to the bottom of the problem. Duke, her Rottweiler puppy, her first dog ever, had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and an undersized liver, conditions the vet told her were inherited.

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You Want Duke: A Big Therapy Dog With A Big Heart

IN THE April 20 ISSUE

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Jon was a cat person. The only dogs he’d known were the hunting dogs his family kept when he was a kid. Yet, when he hit a rough patch in his life, he decided to get a dog; someone to walk with and have fun.

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Skippy: From Rescued Dog to Therapy Dog

IN THE April 6 ISSUE

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When Jack adopted a little Boston Terrier from a local rescue, Boston Brigade Rescue, Peanuts, as he was called, was Jack’s third Boston. “I was specifically looking for another Boston, but I had to change his name right away to Skippy,” said Jack. “All my Bostons have been named Skippy, and I really like that name.” And, the name turned out to be especially fitting for the happy little dog.

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He’s My Therapy Dog First

IN THE March 30 ISSUE

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Marilyn had owned Golden Retrievers for years. But, when her last Golden died at only eight years old she wondered if she could make that commitment again. Then, Marilyn talked to a Golden breeder who told Marilyn that she was expanding her line by breeding a Golden with a Standard Poodle for a non-shedding coat and for longevity. Marilyn was interested.

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A Devil of a Therapy Dog

IN THE December 8 ISSUE

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Currently Eileen’s Shreq, a handsome Doberman Pinscher, has proven himself to be outstanding in all three fields, but his award winning work as a therapy dog is particularly noteworthy. From young children in reading programs to nursing homes, Shreq is a big favorite, and often in costumes like his famous Elvis outfit.

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Yorkie Ambassadors for Pet Therapy

IN THE November 3 ISSUE

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When Julie lost her beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Keiko, she not only lost her best friend but she also lost a big part of her life. Keiko was a certified therapy dog. She and Julie had spent a lot of years visiting hospitals and participating in events to highlight pet therapy. Now Julie found herself on the outside looking in at what had been an important part of her life.

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