Candy Puterbaugh & Dodger: What a Dog Taught Me
For almost 10 years and 1,000 hours, Dodger and I visited patients of all ages. She was a magnet for eyes and smiles as we walked the hospital halls. People asked to pet her. Kids hugged her, some not wanting to let go. A little boy asked her to kiss. Some patients cried because she brought back memories of their dogs.
Linda Anderson and Sparky: Many Rewarding Years
Over the last 8 1/2 years, we have volunteered locally at St. David’s Hospital Georgetown, as well as many assisted living/nursing homes, the Georgetown school district with Read With Me, and a local behavioral hospital that treats people with substance use disorders and mental health issues, as well as military veterans with PTSD.
Sandye Mann & Bosun: A Rewarding Partnership
Bosun and I LOVED every minute of every single time he had the opportunity to share his love of people. Bosun especially loved our weekly visits to a large rehabilitation facility for developmentally disabled adults that became the highlight of our weekly schedule for a number of years. To the people there, Bosun was a real “rock star.”
Lauren Wilson & Nico: Volunteers Supporting Professional Practice
I am a licensed clinical social worker and work with parents and young children in my regular practice. I have developed a niche of using exposure therapy with real dogs to help people of all ages overcome a fear of dogs, aka cynophobia.
2022 Walk Champion: In Memory of Carolyn Ann Marr
To those of us who had the opportunity to meet Carolyn, be mentored by her as an evaluator and instructor, and learn from her vast experience and knowledge, she is remembered with love and affection. She always had the patience and time to teach us more about the human-animal bond and encouraged us to work closely with our animals to become the best therapy animal teams we could be.