Pet Partners Magazine

From Shelter to Superstar

Fall 2017

Coco had been surrendered to the shelter by his previous owners because they didn’t have time to care for him. They had kept him confined in a basement, without much attention or exercise, and when Elizabeth met him he was bowlegged and missing a lot of hair. Today, during the school year, Coco works as a reading therapy dog for two classes, kindergarten and 5th grade. He has also participated in a summer program for developmentally disabled children.

Remembering the Magic of our Therapy Animals

Spring 2017

Life spans of our companion animals are shorter than those of humans. It is this briefness of lifespan, however, that is paradoxically joyful and painful. We must remember that all lives have beginnings and endings. It is the middle, what many refer to as a lifetime, which we must hold close to our hearts.

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Buddy’s Gift is Connecting to Young Readers

Fall 2016

When you hear the name “Buddy”, you might picture man’s best friend: maybe an enthusiastic Golden Retriever, or a dependable Labrador. This Buddy is not quite what you’d expect. He has a beak, gorgeous plumage of yellow, green, and blue, and an enduring love for the works of Dr. Seuss.

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Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

Spring 2016

“If love and prayers could help, Max would live forever.” That was the reaction from an Activity Director of a large assisted living facility when owner Annette Thier had to break the news that Max had been diagnosed with cancer. Another facility held prayer meetings and many residents made cards for their favorite four-legged therapist.

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Rescued Husky Returns Favor in Texas

Winter 2016

Find out the most recent news from Pet Partners in the latest edition of Interactions. Meet Bellin, a Husky rescued from terrible circumstances by the Fontenot family who has helped so many through therapy work. “Bellin links our worlds of rescue and healing, helping children and dogs together. He completes the circle.”

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The Most Meaningful Experience of My Life

Summer 2015

Between them, Molly and Ed have lived 92 years. Together they have made more than 1,000 Pet Partners visits to schools, assisted living facilities, day care centers and other sites. The team has comforted those who were near the end of life. calmed frightened children, coaxed conversation out of those reluctant to speak and in at least one instance, may have helped turn a life around.

Major Rumayor and Lexy: Serving Our Country at Fort Bragg

Winter 2015

Pet Partners introduces a very special registered therapy animal team. Major Christina Rumayor is a psychiatrist for soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina who uses her German Shepherd Lexy for Animal-Assisted Therapy in counseling sessions. This issue also includes an article written by Pet Partners board member, author, professor and psychologist Aubrey Fine who describes how species other than dogs can be beneficial as therapy animals. The new Delta Giving Society (page 19) welcomes supporters of the human-animal bond.

Comet and Kaylee; an Uncommon Therapy Team

Summer 2014

Pet Partners registers species other than therapy dogs to be therapy animals. In this issue we feature a recent team evaluation session for llamas that was held at our headquarters office in Bellevue, Washington. Also included is the announcement of Pet Partners new President and CEO, C. Annie Magnant and the 2013 Annual Report.