Michigan. Sam was a wonderful therapy dog and partner for 8 years,
passing from Lymphoma on November 24, 2014. He was truly my heart dog and gave his heart and unconditional love to all he meet while visiting patients at hospitals, nursing facilities, hospices and schools for the reading program. Working as a grief counselor at a funeral home, Sam even came to work with me at times to help counsel the grieving.
Always Remembered...Forever Loved
1999 - 2013
My beloved Misty came to live with me 11 1/2 years ago after three prior owners abandoned her because of behavioral issues. Through the patience and training she received at Kindred Souls Canine Center her life was completely transformed and Misty was able to find her true calling - that of being a Therapy Dog.
Murphy and Roger
Roger Fitch, 10/21/51-09/22/13
One of our special volunteers, Roger Fitch, died suddenly September 21, 2013 just two weeks after his beloved B&BTD therapy dog, Murphy, passed away.
Roger and Murphy joined B&BTD in June, 2013. Roger named his team: "Two Hearts Pet Therapy". For over ten years, their two hearts reached out to thousands of needy people, in elder care facilities, special needs schools, health care facilities, hospitals and many rehab centers, homeless shelters. Roger was a purely kind and thoughtful man. His unselfish dedication to comforting others extended to all of us at B&BTD. Not a holiday would go by without a call and a card from Roger and Murphy to wish us well and bless us for our work and for facilitating the blessed work of his "4-legged Angel, Murphy."
We mourn the loss of these two beautiful hearts.
From Roger Fitch, 09/21/13 arrived at B&BTD office.
June and Staff this is a sad, sad, sad day. Murphy my four legged ANGEL is now in HEAVEN.
I rescued him in February of 2003 and trained him myself. After he became a therapy dog and started visiting places. In time that's where you seen him become a four legged ANGEL.
He visited Nursing Homes, Special Needs Children, Homeless Shelter, Battered Women's and Children Shelter. Did Children Read To Dogs Program. Visited a school for children who were blind.
My four legged ANGEL Murphy had powers and BLESSINGS, unconditional love with all of his HEART to bring each and every time. Joy, Happiness to make them feel better. And brighten there day. And would show them he LOVED cared about them by giving them a lick on the hand or cheek. Then he would with big brown eyes, look into their eyes. And then he would know they cared and LOVED him back.
In the 10 years Murphy has been a pet therapy dog. Could you imagine not just counting all he visited, but counting staff, families, friends, and others – Could you imagine the thousands upon thousands of HEARTS? That my four legged ANGEL touched? And LOVED, blessed them with BLESSINGS from HEAVEN above when he visited them.
Wow not only was he your four legged ANGEL but wow, wow, wow how lucky, thankful, was I to be his owner. To be BLESSED with my own personal four legged ANGEL. His paw prints will always be in my HEART. Will forever miss him. And love him with all my HEART. Thank you June and Staff for everything . God Bless you all always.
Love, one of God's four legged ANGELS Murphy. (Two Hearts Pet Therapy) and Owner Roger Fitch, So. Rockwood, Michigan.
Our beautiful Lady was a surprise Christmas gift from our daughter, Kristine. Two days before Christmas, 1997, Kristine came into our house calling, "Mom, I have a surprise!" It was a 6 month old, very fluffy apricot, miniature poodle. Our dog, Princess died that September and Kristine did not want her Daddy to have Christmas without a loving dog. Kristine sat under the Christmas tree with Lady in her arms, waiting for Dad to come home from work. That evening our son, Larry and Kristine gave her the perfect name, Lady.
March 2, 2012
Boomer passed away on March 27, 2012 of bone cancer. His therapy work included going to Nursing homes, hospitals, a rehabilitation center, a children's museum and libraries. I was told that Boomer didn't walk down the halls at Kessler Rehabilitation in Chester, NJ - he "glided". Boomer brought so much love and joy to everyone. Boomer will ALWAYS be in my broken heart. I'm hoping I will see him again one day over the "Rainbow Bridge".
In loving memory of Roxy Rose (Born May of 2004). On the morning of December 1st, 2011, our sweet Roxy passed away due to a heart attack.
Roxy was a couch a potato with lots of love for everyone, even strangers. Although quite intimidating by her looks, she was a mush with a heart of gold. Her best trick was to sleep. Roxy was cute and lazy, but she perked up when her vest went on showing everyone that she was a therapy dog. As you can see in her picture, she was quite a lady. She often sat watching what was going on around her with her front paws crossed. She definitely loved us all
Wynthea's Cash vom Haus Wooters, CD, TD, TDI, CGC 7/24/98-6/11/11
The first time that I met Cash he was one week old. I met Cash again when he was 6 weeks old. I was not looking to add another (4th) dog to my family, but this little guy just would not stop following me. Part of why I did not want to be chosen by this puppy was that I had my 12 year old Shepherd, Jasper and would not want him to feel displaced.
Jasper was always by my side and at night had a bed right next to me. Jasper never let anyone there until Cash came. Jasper moved over, sighed a sigh of relief, and gave Cash his bed. Almost like he was passing the torch of who would look after me. Jasper and Cash shared this duty for another year and Cash has diligently watched over me from the time of Jasper's death at 13 to his own death also at 13 years of age.
Cash was almost always with me and when he was left at home he got into trouble. He amused himself by jumping the fence and crossing four roads to visit everyone at the nearby Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. I found out that he literally went in the doors, got his therapy dog cookies and went all through the building without me. He came home and jumped back in the yard and I did not know about this schedule of his for quite some time.
Cash was unique; he would never eat shellfish and had a high pitched bark and he would bark like crazy whenever we got close to a favorite area of his. He loved the monthly township meetings even though he had no interest in politics.
For most of his life, Cash was a search & rescue dog. He could be directed to platforms across a field and would remain on them until directed off. One time at a demonstration he ran into a horse field, scattering all the horses, as they ran, he starting barking up a tree, he paid no attention to the horses but knew his target was up the tree in that field. One time we had to carefully remove him from a loaded 9mm pistol used to kill the snow covered woman who shot herself.
Cash had a special gift of caring for all living creatures. He began to assist me in missing pet searches because the dogs were just gravitating to him. He became known as a magnet dog. Even lost cats seemed to trust him. Cash also helped me rehabilitate many troubled dogs with behavior issues. His calm confidence gave courage to these dogs, several just short of euthanasia.
Cash will be missed by me and so many others. He had many friends both two legged and four legged and I could ask Cash to babysit a puppy or a child and he always took these tasks to heart. Cash could be trusted with any creature no matter how small, he was just a gentle giant. He would come to puppy class and all the puppies would just climb all over him.
True to his nature, even in death he was so easy. In the morning we took a walk at the park. He was with me all day. He died very suddenly in the early evening with me sitting next to him. He was never sick or in any pain. He just quietly left us.
This ends a 13 year "pissing match" between Redd and Cash who grew up together and literally went and peed on the same bushes daily trying to outdo each other even as each got so old and had to struggle to get there. A respectful rivalry of two grumpy old men.
TOP 10 REASONS WE LOVED HAGAR 'THE HORRIBLE'
10. A TV STAR AT 6 WEEKS OLD
8. A LOVER
7. A DILIGENT WORKER
6. 911 HERO
5. DISASTER DOG
4. MEDICAL HEALER
3. ALL AROUND GOOD GUY
1. OUR FRIEND
Since it was just the two of us, Sunny was my companion and best friend and her passing has left a tremendous void in my life. At the same time, I always appreciated the countless ways she enhanced my retirement years. Most recently, we celebrated five years as an Allan's Angels Therapy Dog team under the auspices of Bright & Beautiful. Our weekly visits to Manchester Memorial Hospital were always welcomed by doctors, nurses, staff, patients and their families. It was a wonderful experience to share my beautiful, gentle Sunny and help lighten their day. I was blessed to have had her as part of my life for 9 1/2 years.
Paul J. Volpe
3/24/95 – 10/24/10 – 15 years and 7 months – Our tribute to Andy
Kacy, an Australian Shepherd, served the community along with his handler, Terri Randol in search. He held certifications in trailing, tracking and human remains detection from NASAR, NAPWDA and IPWDA. In addition to serving his community with dedication and unconditional love, he educated hundreds of children in the region and across New Jersey on how to stay safe and what to do if they got lost. Kacy was a member of Palisades Search & Rescue Dog Association and the New Hope Eagle Fire Company in New Hope, PA. He began his search career as a member of Central Jersey Technical Rescue in Fanwood, New Jersey.In addition to search and rescue, Kacy was a certified Therapy K9. Starting at 13 weeks old he began weekly visits to approximately 40 patients at The Wood School in Langhorne, PA. Regardless of how Kacy served, he won the hearts of children and adults he met along the way. His presence will be dearly missed.
With hearts broken and tears clouding our vision we're so very sad to announce that we have lost our LADY MEI -LI. at the age of 10. As many of you know Lady recently had been having heart problems and a collapsed trachea issue. She had slowed down quite a bit but kept her sweet disposition and would never let on that she was not feeling well.
Some of Lady's proudest moments were when she received her Canine Good Citizenship Certificate, passing her pet therapy class and receiving her little red bone stating that she was a member of the "Bright and Beautiful Pet Therapy Dogs". She proudly graduated from basic and novice obedience classes. Whenever she climbed a ladder, walked a plank, etc at agility she had such a look of accomplishment on her face. She kept up with all the bigger classmates. Her true love was going to visit her friends at Wayne View and Lake View nursing and sub acute care centers. She went weekly for almost 9 years and brought smiles to faces that hadn't smiled in quite some time. That's really what she did best ... put smiles on faces :)
We had a gut feeling she was having more problems as time went on but she fooled us by being as spunky as she could and always with her tail wagging when anyone came by. Her love for people was so strong that she kept her tail moving and would run to anyone to say "hello".
Last night (and thank God Laura was here) she started staggering sideways and fell over. Laura rushed us to the vet . As I held her I could feel fluid running in her chest area. I knew at that moment I would be saying good bye to the sweetest fur baby there ever was.
At the vet's, Jim looked at her and immediately took her and put her on oxygen and lasix, Dr Cattiny told us we needed to take her to Fairfield Vet Emergency. Doc said I could go home and get ready. He wanted a half hour to try to stabilize her for the ride.. Laura took me back 20 minutes. ( I believe Doc knew lady had a short time and wanted to me time to prepare myself)
Dr.Cattiny was letting me know Lady was in grave danger. He didn't think she would make it to Fairfield. I told Doc that I rather she die with folks she knew and loved at PLAH. Then Jim, our vet tech, rushed in with Lady wrapped in a towel and told me to hold her as she was going on her own. Lady made her own decision. I didn't have to. She died in the arms that loved her and the last words she heard was that it was ok and how much she was loved by so many. An embolism and blood clot that came on so sudden took a precious life from us.
How strange is Divine Intervention? Lady waited till we came back from vacation, we took a puppy home (and this little one will help us through this tough time), Laura just came over and took control. She took care of me and the situation. Having my niece Laura with me was a true blessing and most consoling. The staff on duty that night were the ones we knew the best. My neighbor Soya was with the puppy and stayed with me and Laura and that certainly was a very big help and most supportive. Most important, to me, was that Dr. Cattiny was there. He was a tremendous help through such a heartbreaking time. I needed to draw from his strength and compassion.
Lady didn't suffer, it was fast, and she left an estate of toys, etc to her baby sister. To us she left memories that could only make us smile . Her costumes, dresses, silliness and aloofness.
Her paws will always be wrapped around our hearts but we must go forward now make a happy life for our new puppy "Honey"
Thank you all for loving Our Love.Agnes Romelin, Riverdale, NJ
OUR BELOVED SCARLET
You were 6 years old when we lost Wiley. We were all devastated, but mostly you. After all, Wiley had raised you from a puppy. But the future had a wonderful surprise in store for us. Mary Remer, Wiley's breeder, placed his nephew, Ray Charles, with us. Now you had a job to do, everyone called you "The Warden". When our whole family of dogs came to visit, you kept law and order. That was your job and you took it very seriously.
We raised Velda until she was 13 months old, and she returned to Seeing Eye. Velda was rejected from Seeing Eye, and returned to us after several months of training. She was so happy to be back with us, and we were truly grateful to get her back! We knew she was meant to help people, so when I went to a workshop about Bright & Beautiful, I knew it was the right thing to do with Velda! She truly loved being around people! We visited a number of places, but her favorite was Milford Manor here in West Milford. She made a lot of friends there and will truly be missed! She will always be in our hearts and we thank her for being a part of our lives!
Velda passed away on March 23, 2009, but will always be with us in spirit.
Emma was a very special girl.
ARCHEX, RL1X3, RL2X4, RL3X2, RLV1X3 Temar’s Black Thunderbolt, CD, RN, ASA-CD, CD-H, CDX-H, CGC, B&BTD, B&BDRTD
From the moment I first saw the little black puppy in a litter of ten, I knew he was special. When he ran into my arms, it was love at first sight. As a puppy he was a challenge. No crate could hold him. He would tear the doors right off the hinges resulting in a characteristic crooked tooth. At the age of two he was playing with my brother-in-law in the dining room. Suddenly he backed up into a mirrored china closet severely cutting the artery and ligaments in his leg. Bleeding badly, we got him to the vet. He did recover but had a persistent limp and was unable to jump. I thought this was the end of his career in the AKC obedience ring. He still needed something to do. So knowing his love of children and people of all ages, I trained him and had him tested for therapy work. He was a natural. In his many years of therapy work he visited Caring Hospice, Special Equestrians, the Marie Katzenback School for the deaf, The Variety Club Summer Camp and quite a few other places. Thunder was a very impressive dog weighing 107 pounds yet he was one of the calmest and gentlest dogs I have ever seen. Not only did he love visiting with the students and residents but he also enjoyed all the other dogs, especially the little ones, in his therapy dog group. He even stood still like a bridge while the little dogs ran under him. Anyone who saw this trick was truly amazed.
A few years ago Thunder even made it to the “big screen”. He appeared in an edition of Court TV which required several days of shooting scenes running through fields, licking the face of one of the actors and spending lots of time in the back seat of a small car (most cars were small to Thunder!). The director was amazed at the demeanor of this wonderful dog. He did all the necessary retakes and never seemed to tire. He was awesome.
Thunder did finally compete in the Obedience ring earning an AKC CD, and a CDSP CDX-H. In his later years he competed in the AKC Obedience Veterans class with one of his senior friends, a little beagle named Falcon. He truly seemed to get satisfaction from showing the crowd that this big, intelligent, happy guy still had IT.
Thunder’s greatest achievements came when the sport of APDT Rally O came along. APDT allows modifications for dogs with disabilities so Thunder never had to jump more than 4 inches. He earned his first APDT Rally O title in three straight shows and I was so proud of him. He went on to have an extremely successful career in the APDT Rally O ring, earning the highest title in that venue, the ARCHEX (APDT Rally Champion Extraordinaire). When APDT developed the Veteran Class title, Thunder was ready and took this class with ease. Not only did he earn the Veteran title but he went on to qualify in five shows and earn the Veteran Champion Title.
Up until a few weeks before his death he was still happily taking part in APDT Rally O trials and doing his favorite job – baby sitting all the little dogs. He would patiently lay in the middle of an X-pen with several little dogs, like his friends Milo, CJ, Morgan, Nicky, and Pearly climbing all around and over him. He was especially gentle with his two handicapped pals, Mr. T (a three legged Bichon) and Merlin (a little beagle with a form of dwarfism). Both of these guys can be a bit too friendly, but Thunder never minded. In fact, heaven help the unfamiliar dog who looked strangely at one of his friends. He would certainly protect any of his pals.
On April 20th Thunder made the trip to the Rainbow Bridge. He has left a huge void in my life and the lives of all who knew him. He will be missed but has left us with a wealth of wonderful memories which I will cherish forever.
Thunder, Owned and handled by Sue Oakes, WARMINISTER, PA
His name was Purp. AKC and UKC named "Hawkeye's Purple Perpetrator". Purp is an unusual name for a dog but let me start at the beginning. I have shown and trained dogs for over 35 years. My husband and I have done pet therapy all this time also. I am a certified B&B evaluator and a licensed obedience judge. I started with a German Shepherd female. I trained her in obedience and showed her and got all the obedience titles there were back then in the 1970s. I got more dogs, about 19 different breeds and trained and showed them over the years, but German Shepherd has stayed my favorite breed all these years. There are some really bad Shepherds out there so it was always my dream to have 2 really nice litters of Shepherd puppies. They should look like Shepherds, they should be intelligent, and have good solid temperaments. It took me 30 years and over 20 shepherds to find a male and female that fit the bill to my satisfaction to breed. I owned Jersey and breed her to a breeder's male, Jamie. Their first litter had 6 beauties and we kept one female. She is now 4 1/2 years old. Then 6 months later we had the second litter. They were born on March 2, 2006. All 9 of them. They are all born solid black so we put colored yarn around their necks so we could keep notes on each one daily. At about 4 weeks we put little collars on them the same color as their yarn and that is the name we called them. One male puppy was given purple yarn so we called him "Purple". They change color almost everyday a little. Purple's elbows started turning tan as we dried him at birth. We ended up keeping 2 females and 1 male from the second litter. That is how Purp got his name.
We just never gave him or his 2 sisters real names, they still have color names. One male puppy from each litter were given to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Michigan.
But on March 28th we realized that he had lost another 16 pounds over the last week. We rushed him to the specialist's office on that Sunday and started him on IV fluids. Come morning the vet called and said he now also had developed mega-esophagus and was aspirating into his lungs and had pneumonia. He wasn't fixable. We lost him that afternoon. He now only weighed 42 pounds. This hit my husband and myself very hard. My husband was also certified with Purp to do pet therapy. Even though we still have the 3 girls, they will never fill the void that his passing has created.
Duffy (Holweit's Stancher) at Camp Dream Street
In loving memory of our Duffy (Holweit’s Stancher) CGC, CD, RE, CDX (September 22, 1999 - December 10, 2009)
Our Duffy was a true member of the family. He went on every college visit and vacation with us and we will always remember him for his gentle heart. Duffy gave so much to everyone he met. He was an amazing therapy dog for the past nine years and was an important part of Camp Dream Street (for children with cancer) and as spokes dog for the American Cancer Society Dogswalk Against Cancer. He and his brother Mark John received the Golden Bone Award for fundraising for the past five years.
“Oh soft-coated wheaten, Ireland’s true treasure Your love for your family is way beyond measure.”
Duffy has been nominated to receive a New Jersey Veterinary Medicine Association (NJVMA) award. He has also won the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) Wheaten Ambassador Award (Myshawn’s Award), as well as numerous American Kennel Club (AKC) awards in Rally and Obedience performance events. He appeared at the 2009 AKC Meet the Breeds and was chosen for a photo shoot for a line of AKC marketing for children’s products. He was herding-certified, had begun tracking, and enjoyed kayaking, skijoring and canine freestyle dancing.
His favorite trick was to “say his prayers” which he did countless times for the children at Camp Dream Street. We will always love him.
I got Tucker on 5/12/99. He was 5 ½ months and already 50 lbs. I responded to an ad in the paper. They told me he was already adopted. For some reason, I asked if I could leave my number in case anything changed. I got home to a message that the people who adopted him had a four year old who was scared of him. His original family was a four year old and newborn. They said he was too much with the newborn. I met her at the Fuddrucker’s parking lot in Parsippany. One look was all I needed.
The amazing part, I have never seen a gentler dog around children in my life. It was because of that nature that I decided I couldn’t be so selfish as not to share and made him a therapy dog. I found out about Bright & Beautiful through an open house at a local vet.
How he passed his test, during a thunderstorm, in an outdoor garage, was beyond me, since thunder and lightning were his biggest fears in life. Yet, he passed with flying colors.
He was registered on Oct. 18, 2002. Ironically he died on Oct. 19, 2009. When he was first registered, we went to The Chester Welkind, Kessler Institute. We took 2-5 mile daily walks at Kittatinny Valley State Park, where over the years he became the unofficial mascot. He had a reputation that preceded him there. He was an avid fisherman, although he never caught one, I don’t think he’d know what to do if he did, it was his “therapy”. That and snow!
As a result of spending so much time at the park, we got to meet many people. That is how I got involved with Bristol Glen. A friend who I had met there has a father who is in the 24 hour care at Bristol Glen, so ended our visits in Chester, as we began weekly visits in Newton.
I met another person at the park who ran “Parent’s Night Out” for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. We made a couple visits there. I will never forget, there was one little boy, maybe 6 or 7. He had to inspect every inch of Tucker, from inside his mouth to his toes. Tucker just sat there patiently, and then licked his face when he was done.
He was there again, when my mother was in hospice, at her bedside. She passed away in 2007. He was her four footed grandchild, as she put it. And my therapy to get through losing her.
Then we were asked to participate in the HERO’s program at Florence Burd School. I think this was his favorite place to go and have the kid’s read to him. And again, every once in a while, at the park, one of the students would recognize him and introduce him to their parents.
No matter where we lived, he became well known in the neighborhood. People always complimented his good looks and awesome disposition.
Tucker affected more lives directly and indirectly than any dog I have ever owned. And yes, I loved them all, but he truly was an exceptional person with an amazing personality.
Excuse that this will be rambling. Friends, I am writing to say to all of you how grateful and rich, you made my Story of SeiiChi over the years. Dog friends, dog training, dog shows, Bluebonnet Poodle Club, Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, the Paws for Reading Program, Fondren 5 Star, Kelly Black's remarkable grooming, Dr. Bob White's caring medical care, and of course, Richard Jordan for giving us Cratan's SeiiChi's Song. I have been asked by the Women's Cancer Center to present a program in October here..and it will be called "Doctors with Fur"....we all know the remarkable connection between DOG and the human spirit...but we have to keep telling our story. I will be presenting that program with 1 less poodle...part of the "White Bookends" as Neil Belden used to call them...but, I will continue to tell about my Journey with SeiiChi...and so many of you played some part in that story. SeiiChi took me places and to moments that I will never forget. He rode in parades. He listened to children read. He dragged me into a dying woman's room, and in a "Never seen before" moment, put "Paws Up!" and comforted her and her family. He made a woman with a stoke have a reason to come out of her room..forgetting herself for a moment.. to show off her friend, SeiiChi.
We witnessed a man who most thought couldn't speak...have a conversation with SeiiChi. I watched as a military man in a lock-up unit went into a panic..it was his first day, and he was looking for the 2nd floor, and there was no 2nd floor....when he saw SeiiChi, he fell to his knees and just hugged him long. Patients forget, but they don't forget their dogs. It's kind of amazing that in some cases, patients forget the names of their own children, ....but, not their dogs. Dog...backwards...doesn't spell God by accident. I continue to think that when God created dogs, he just leaned back and smiled. Houston Bright and Beautiful teams, I was always so proud of us. Keep on with your work. We make a difference in people's lives...but, keep on remembering that we're just along for the ride... your dog "does the work!" SeiiChi was the perfect demo dog to test and train other dogs. He always liked people more than dogs. He wasn't always a winner in the show ring...but, we had a good time.
I finally figured it out once....I think that he never could understand why he needed me...he knew the routine..so why did he need to wait for my signals?...just get it over with and get on with the day. He was happy, funny, smart...and he's the only dog that we ever had who watched television... quess he got his start watching golf with Jerry....but, when he'd watch the national dog shows... the judge would say...."Take them around!"....well, when each dog rounded the corner... he'd rush to the screen, and nip at their backsides. He was an Addison's Disease dog, and endured injection after injection over the years, but always seemed to turn around to Dr. White and give him kisses over the years. He seemed to understand and know. As we always knew he would, he traveled as far and as long as he could to the end....with style and with great heart. We were so lucky. Thank you for being a part of our Journey with SeiiChi over the years.
Sharon and Jerry Smith
Jethro James Wright
We were Best Friends
Zappa became a Certified Therapy Dog on July 1, 2007, earning this title and his Canine Good Citizen Award just 3 days before his 9th birthday. His took his new job with honor and grace as he visited Assited Living Centers, Nursing Homes, and places for Developmentally Challenged Individuals. During 2008 he made 24 visits earning the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog Trrrific Award. He brought smiles and joy to all he encountered. He will be missed and forever in our hearts.
King of Berkeley Place and Edgemont Park and Unofficial Mascot of Bradford School
Sophie and Karen Dashfield
The first time I met Karen Dashfield and her wonderful dog Sophie was in May, 2000. The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs were asked to conduct therapy dog testing during the annual Pennsylvania Search and Rescue four day Council:SAR-EX. We were a brand new therapy dog organization. We were thrilled and honored to provide testing for the very special dogs and handlers that attended the event. It’s a tradition we carry on to this day.
Ten days ago I lost my best friend Charlie. It was a very sad time, especially as we did not realize how sick he actually was.
He was a good therapy dog, as soon as his red leash came out of the drawer in the kitchen he was ready to go. We visited nursing homes for the elderly and he also had visited a young boy who had a brain injury. The boy’s mother was happy when Charlie came to visit as her son responded favorably to him.
Am/Can CH Silvercreek I Dream of Jeannie ROM CGC, Bright & Beautiful
Dear June, We laid Adidas to rest this morning. He pasted away at 8:45 am this day 6/28/08 he would have been 12 yrs old in Aug. It hasn't really hit me yet. It was peaceful and we had a very nice ceremony in our field under a big pine tree. He was the best dog ever and put in 10 yrs of excellent caregiving. If it wasn't for Adidas my Dad wouldn't be with us.
He laid on his chest and nugged him and when he got up he was insistant that he go to the truck. My dad hadn't been feeling well so he went to the Dr. He had to go in for heart surgery. when he came home again after 2 days Adidas acted the same way. Dad went right in and again they discovered they needed to insert a stint in his heart as well.
What a wonder dog he is! We will all miss him. I just wanted you to know. I have attached a photo. Hope all is well with you. All my best Dina in Idaho --
It's taken me a while to sit down and send you this bio, partially because it's simply hard to write, but partially too, because I know, other than the wonderful memories we have, it's Annie's last Bright and Beautiful moment.
Annie loved working as a therapy dog. She brought a ray of sunshine into any room. She had a 'smile' that could light up the room and a personality to match. Annie was the most gentle golden I have ever owned. My husband and I reflected on Annie's life and realized that we couldn't remember a single time when Annie had to be disciplined. She was the best of what a golden retriever could offer.
Annie was diagnosed with inoperable hemangiosarcoma in May, 2007. Annie had a truly remarkable team of doctors caring for her. More than anything, Annie was loved. Annie lived for almost a year past her diagnosis. She lived a quality life, teaching me so much along the way. Most of all, she taught me to live each day to it's fullest, using whatever you had to work with that day. Annie lived that way. She didn't realize she had a terrible disease; she only knew she had a day ahead of her that was filled with endless possibilities.
Annie, my gentle one, a part of me has been lost, losing you, but I have gained so much more having you in my life.The Daffron Family
Gaylan's First Mate "Annie" December 27, 2000-March 15, 2008
Gypsy was my special girl
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... By William N. Britton
She cheered up many people and brought smiles to their faces. They would always remember Akea's name, but maybe not mine which was just fine with me. Then one day our Hospice of North Idaho called and were interested in starting a program to have a therapy dog visit with some of their clients. Akea and I took the training in October of 2006 and began visiting with several clients for the next year. She was the first and only therapy dog for Hospice in North Idaho and we were very proud of that. She was so bright and happy and thought she was still a puppy, even though she was 14 years old! Then in September of 2007 Akea had a very severe seizure and we decided it was time to retire. With medication and palliative care from us, we had an extended 4 months to enjoy with her before she had another seizure. Then two days after Christmas, she had another seizure and we knew it was time to make the call for the vet to visit for the last time. She went to sleep in her favorite place on the kitchen floor and woke up in 'doggie heaven'. We buried her in the garden and in the spring we will plant a beautiful flower garden there. She never lost her beautiful smile. We will hold that in our hearts forever!
This is a poem my friend in Oregon sent me for Akea!
ODE TO AKEA
With heavy hearts; and a tear in our eyes after all these years; we must say goodbye Please understand; we've done all we could if there was anything we could do; you know we would
I'm sitting right here; gently rub your ears while I talk to you softly; trying to hold back the tears The memories you gave us; we'll never forget especially the ones; of the day we first met
One last hug; and one last kiss you have no idea; how much you'll be missed To look into your eyes; this one last time you tell me it's ok; you know it's your time
Close your eyes now; and go to sleep we'll pray to the Lord; you're soul he'll keep Go in peace now; our good friend we'll stay right here with you; until the end
Have a safe journey; through the night I promise when you awake; you'll be in God's light So with heavy hearts; and tears in our eyes just for now my friend; we say goodbye
Very sadly, we want to share with our friends and the community, the news that Brita, our beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback lost her fight with cancer. While she was our first “show dog,” and became a champion at an early age, she continued to compete in many types of canine events, because she loved being a “star.” She was titled in lure coursing, rally obedience, Canine Good Citizen and still competed very successfully as a senior in the breed show ring through October of this year.
She will be remembered most especially, however, as an outstanding Therapy Dog, a calling in which she participated, with great compassion, gentility and total unconditional love. Her services to the community included her many visits to the Crest Haven and Court House Convalescent facilities. She also visited Loyalton and had been selected to be the first Therapy Dog to support patients at Cape Regional Medical Center. Her greatest love, though, was children. Brita made many visits to the local library to sit with children who loved to read to her. She also represented Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. at the Teachers’ Convention in Atlantic City for two years, where she demonstrated to classroom teachers, the R.O.C.K. (Reading Out loud Creates Knowledge) reading program, for children with learning difficulties. Her own special class was at the Jordan Road School in Somers Point, where she worked with second and third grade children. She started her third year in this program this fall.
At home, she was a model family member, setting the standards of behavior for those she left behind – her daughter, Emily, granddaughter, Tessa, her dear companion, Frosty, the Australian Cattle Dog (who will carry on her legacy at the hospital) and Wesley, the six-toed cat. She loved our grandchildren dearly and watched over them like a mother. She even sneaked onto the school bus three times when our granddaughter, Sofia, was settling into her seat.
Brita never missed an opportunity to brighten sad faces or join in on celebrations, with a dignity and inner beauty beyond measure. Her peaceful, kind outlook on all beings, human and animal alike, made her someone we could all try and emulate. She will always be remembered in our hearts, and we rejoice that she shared her unique and special life with us. She will be missed by many whose lives she has touched.
From the moment I met her I knew Charmin was going to be unlike any other dog I’d ever met. I had found many strays while driving around and, after convincing them to come to me, would safely get them home. I never thought, though, that I would find one that would change my life.
I slammed on the breaks when I saw a puppy walk in front of my SUV and, of course, got out. As soon as I stepped out the puppy walked up and sat in front of my feet. I picked her up (and quickly I might add, since we were in the middle of the street with cars honking at us.) I pulled over and asked anyone nearby if they knew who she belonged to and when no one did I brought her to my house with the intention of calling around to try and find her home. Immediately I felt connected to her. I loved her, which was no surprise to anyone since I fell in love with most animals I met but this love, somehow, felt different. My boyfriend named her Charmin because, at the time, she looked like a dog in one of the toilet paper commercials. I called animal hospitals and police to let them know I found a dog and if someone called about her to call me. No one ever called and I was secretly (or not so secretly) thrilled. I took Charmin to the vet to make sure she was ok. She was a little sick from being outside (she was soaking wet when I found her) and was slightly stunted in growth but in general was beautiful and fine. I was instantly hooked on her. I immediately became her protector and her mommy and she was my happiness and my baby. Everyone that met or even saw her had to comment on how beautiful she was. She was so soft, shiny and sweet that most people could not believe she had been a stray.
Lacey just missed her 12th birthday which we would have celebrated on New Years Day. I could bemoan her loss but New Years is a time for reflection and resolution and I've been doing a lot of reflecting since she passed just after Christmas.
A Tribute to Casey
My husband Tom and I met after each of us had been divorced. Our children were all grown, so when we married, we had an empty nest. I have had many dogs, and have loved each and every one of them. Tom has also had dogs, but never had the same feelings toward them as I had. We decided that we would like to have a dog together. After much research and discussions, we decided to get a Golden Retriever. We were referred to the most wonderful breeder, who just happened to have a litter that was 3 days old. We visited with her and her pups, and immediately fell in love. Out of 8 puppies, we bad no idea which one to choose. The breeder said "trust me, I will pick out the perfect dog for you".
We placed our trust in her, and on April 15, 1998, we brought home a cute and cuddly golden puppy. We named him Casey. His full registered name was Goldenways Best Case Scenario. He truly lived up to his name. We lived in a townhouse at the time, and we had to take him out on a leash all of the time. I think this is how we bonded so closely. We were always together.
As Casey grew, and we went to obedience classes, we realized that he was special. He had the most loving, gentle disposition. We were blessed with 2 grandbabies, and he adored them. He would tolerate a lot from them, never once getting angry. In fact, he loved the attention.
Casey became my constant companion. I had to have spinal surgery, and he was by my side all of the time. It seemed that he knew he had to be gentle with me. After my recovery, we noticed an advertisement for therapy dog training, and knew immediately that Casey was meant for this.
We took the classes with Chris Lehmann, and Casey passed. Soon after the classes ended, my husband was offered a job as Asst. Fire Chief at the Pine Bluff Arsenal Fire Department in Arkansas. It was hard to leave our family in New Jersey, but this was a wonderful opportunity for us. So, off we went to Arkansas.
Here we were in a new state, and a new home and neighborhood, where we knew no one. I spent the first night in our new home alone because Tom had to work 24 hour shifts then, and could not be there. Casey was there with me all of the time. I never felt alone or frightened with him there. He even helped me to meet new neighbors. Everyone was drawn to him because he was so friendly.
He started to go to work with Tom and became the Fire House mascot. All of the firemen loved him, especially when he brought their socks to them. He was always the first one in the dining room when the dinner bell rang. Tom became Fire Chief in 2006, and Casey was known as the "Chief's dog".
Casey went to work with me also. I became a school nurse at an elementary school. The Kindergarten and First grade teachers had him come to school so the children could read to him, the kids loved it, and so did Casey. They always scored higher when they read their stories to the dog.
During Hurricane Katrina, we had a lot of evacuees in the convention center in Pine Bluff. We brought Casey there to comfort them. Everyone loved to pet him, and said they felt so much better when they were able to hug and pet him. Some of them had to leave their pets behind in New Orleans, and did not know what had happened to them. Casey even got to meet Gov. Huckabee. He shook hands with him, and was even on the local CBS evening news that night.
Early in 2007, we were contacted by Home Hospice Care in Arkansas. They had heard about Casey, and wanted him to visit Nursing Homes in the area. We were interviewed, and Casey got the job. He even had an ID card.
Unfortunately, Casey never got the chance to go to work with Home Hospice Care. He started to become listless. This was not the Casey that I knew. He was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma of the spleen, which had already spread to his liver. This disease is known to occur in Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds, and some other breed also. By the time it is diagnosed, it is usually too late, as was the case with our dog.
Casey died on March 10, 2007. We were with him to the end, just as he was always there for us. I believe that he got me through many tough times in my life, and I don't know what I would have done without him. He was my soulmate, and the best friend that I ever had. He was my "heart dog", and without a doubt, the best dog that I ever had. He will be in our hearts forever, and we will always miss him.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, and to Chris Lehmann. Our training helped us to become closer to our beloved golden, and it also gave joy to many others. We will never forget our Casey, and all of the lives he touched.
Jackie and Tom Braumuller
Dot Blair, Wakhan, Port ST. Lucie, FL The idea was to train him and sell him from the show ring, but that never happened. Wakhan entered our lives as only a husky can. Blue eyes shining, digging holes and climbing fences – a bundle of energy. What was I thinking? I was thinking dog-show championships and stardom and that thought kept me plugging away at his training. Khan, as we began to call him, was constantly coming up with new ways to get into trouble. He was clown, engineer, prankster, bouncer in my puppy classes, lover of the seashore, squirrel watcher, Petsmart superstar, and therapy dog extraordinaire. How do you combine 12 ½ years of life into a few sentences? Simply we loved him no matter what role he played. Our biggest project was Waggin’ Tales, a new reading program for the libraries and, of course, Khan was lead dog. Putting in over 98 volunteer hours into the program.
His name means “Great Spirit” in the Sioux Indian language and he truly lived up to his name. His gentleness with children and the elderly was remarkable on therapy dog visits. As we took our last walk together, we met some children who were fascinated with the snow dog. I knew this was our last walk, for the ravages of age had finally caught up with us and his body had grown weak with disease. It was so appropriate that his last engagement this side of the Rainbow Bridge should be with children. He has touched over 300 children’s lives in the last two years, posed for countless pictures, and made several TV appearances.
One of the children, unaware of the reason to the vet’s office, gave him a hug, wished him a Merry Christmas, kissed him on the nose and said have a nice trip. Khan weakly licked his face as if to say thank you. Then the child left to return to his waiting family. I walked with Khan back to vet’s office and with great sadness said my final good-bye to my dear friend, Nausheen’s Cinnamon Wakhan. You have earned your silver harness, and I will watch for your star in the skies north of the Rainbow Bridge. Godspeed Khan, you left paw prints in a lot of hearts. Our reading program will go on with other faithful dogs and handlers, but Khan leaves behind a legacy that will be difficult to fill.
THE QUIET MAN
I guess Gus was just about as close to perfect a dog as you can get. From the time we brought him home, he never barked. He just waited patiently in his crate for us to let him out. In fact, he was 6 months old before he barked at all. I think it scared him! He went to obedience classes and excelled in all of them. The only thing we had trouble getting him to leave was his tennis ball. That and chasing Frisbees were his two favorite things in life. Our other dogs would take away his toys although there were plenty of others to go around.
Gus was a therapy dog for 8 years. He visited 5 hospitals in NJ and PA and took part in a reading program at the library. A few months ago he actually woke up a comatose patient at St. Luke’s in Bethlehem, PA. The patient woke up and said “I don’t like dogs”. Gus was not offended.
This year he (along with 4 of our other dogs) was named “Therapy Dog of the Year” by Bear Search and Rescue – I wished he could have lived long enough to see his award. He was at 9/11 for 16 weeks and is a certified NCRC dog. I couldn’t be prouder of anyone and I miss him terribly. He never complained and we had no idea that there was anything wrong with him. But that was Gus, he came in quietly and left the same way, after all he was a Golden.
Helen and Dave Anger, August 2007
Quinn and Deb Dalkiewicz
Quinn died on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2007 in a tragic backyard accident while playing with his younger brother.
Quinn was a sweet gentle boy who loved people and all dogs especially puppies! He could make friends with male dogs who were never able to play with another dog. He loved meeting people and would lean against them and look up at them as they were petting him and see to smile. He was a great spokes dog for Irish Setter Rescue and loved “working the crowd’. He was a wonderful big brother to his two younger setter brothers and a loyal companion to us.
He had earned his Canine Good Citizen Title, Rally Novice, Companion Dog, Companion Dog Excellent and his last title earned was Therapy Dog. He was only with us for six years but they were full and rewarding years but too short. He will always be in our hearts and thoughts and never forgotten.
Will Rogers said, “ I never met a man I didn’t like”. That’s the first thing that comes to my mind when I remember Spencer. I don’t think in all the years I knew him, I ever saw him refuse a pat, a hug or simple scratch behind the ear. He was a dog for everyman.
I first met Spencer when Chris brought him to one of my first classes. Chris tried to heel Spencer, but…..Spencer had other plans. Chris would call Spencer in class, but…… Spencer had other plans. This might infuriate the regular dog handler, but it made Spencer so much more interesting to me. This was a dog on a mission to live his life on his terms and not to compromise. He was ADAMENT that he had something else in mind when it came to what he wanted to do. It was NOT Obedience Competition. I can recall many an obedience competition where in the middle of an off lead heeling pattern, Spencer once again, had other plans……and Chris continued heeling with no dog. Chris actually got very good at those heeling patterns and I think he took several ribbons…….but Spencer would have none of it, he had other plans.
Spencer’s other plans I refer to, were a calling by a higher power to be one of our foundation Therapy dogs in Kindred Souls Canine Center Therapy Corps. Spencer, Chris’s other dog Rosie and 2 of my dogs formed the basis for our groundbreaking work in schools for the physically challenged, oncology units and other areas formally off limits to dogs. They were the four musketeers. They set the standard. Spencer stood out for his unending patience and sheer joy in his work.
As a Therapy dog, there was none better. This WAS Spencer’s plan. He picked it, made it known, he loved it……..and to the very end continued his service.
Dogs are amazing creatures. They have an unwavering sense of duty and despite illness, they always carry on. It is in a dog’s culture not to show weakness, it is an ancient genetic predisposition to carry on your work for the good of the pack. Spencer loved his work. And as long as he could walk…..he was walking into his next Therapy visit. It is not in any dogs nature to bemoan what life hands them…….they accept it, adapt to it and go right back to living life. This was Spencer’s gift to us. He set a standard among Therapy dogs. He gave….and gave…..and gave. Asking nothing in return, he completed his mission. And I know he’s looking down smiling at a job well done.
The most important thing in this life is to make a difference. To leave the world a better place because you were here. To be able to do that is a gift to all of us. We are all better because Spencer was here.
To everyone Spencer touched, soothed or affected he will be missed. To those of us who loved him……..he takes a little of us with him, but leaves us inspired for knowing him.
Carolyn Wilson, North Cape May, NJ
As a child and young woman, horses were her first love. She rode 3-gaited horses. She obtained her first sheltie when her children were young. This was the beginning of her involvement with dogs.
Bailey & Frances Vradenburg
Fifteen months ago I received a wonderful gift - a beautiful yellow Labrador retriever by the name of Bailey. Bailey had been a rescue dog, and with her gentle disposition her new owner decided that she would be a good candidate for a Therapy Dog. After she came to live with us, I decided to continue on with her dog therapy sessions. Bailey visited two convalescent homes every week and the patients adored her. She was very large and also very gentle with all of her friends.
Bailey loved all children and was very happy when the grandchildren came to visit. She would let the babies climb all over her and would gently lick them. I knew nothing about Bailey’s past, but knew that she had puppies. She was most assuredly a wonderful mother. Bailey had such a sweet personality that I wrote a children’s book about her for my grandchildren, who adored her.
Bailey was my constant companion for the short time that had her. She slept at the foot of our bed and was never out of sight of me. She seemed to be so happy that she was part of our family. She went on many trips with us hunkered down on the back seat. I took her everywhere with me and she would get very excited when she would hear me getting out my keys. We called her the rodeo dog because she would do the “bucking bronco” when she was excited.
May my sweet, lovable dog rest in peace.
Rocky attended two obedience classes beginning and advanced and passed his Canine Good Citizen test and Therapy Dog test in August 1999. He passed as number 94 with the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog organization. He had a lymph node removed and when he missed a visit to the Eastern Star nursing home, he was sent a get well card by the residents on 4/18/00.
Rocky’s career began right away and he has visited many homes in the central NJ area. He has been to Carrier Clinic, Somerset Medical Center, Raritan Health and Extended Care and the Eastern Star Home. He ended up going to visit the residents of the Eastern Star Home twice a month. They always brought him a banana, yes, Rocky loved bananas.
He was featured in Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs Tails from the Front in 2001. And, also on the Bright and Beautiful holiday card.
Rocky was the Volunteer of the Year on 4/23/05 at the Eastern Star Home where he visited the residents regularly for over 6 years. His last visit due to his arthritis was in December 2005.
Rocky was featured in the Bright and Beautiful Spring 2005 issue with information regarding his Volunteer of the Year award. He has also been Bright and Beautiful’s Dog of the Month and featured in one other issue of their magazine.
He provided us with unconditional love until 6/16/06 and will be remembered always and forever in our hearts. May the shamrocks fall softly and may you be with Brandy, Hundi, T-bone and all your other fosters who have gone before you running and playing again pain free, until we see you again sweet boy!
Rocky taught me so much, to enjoy each day to its fullest.
He is and always will be my heart dog, we had a very special bond between the two of us, we could heal each other.
Rocky adopted 2/16/98 - 6/16/06.
You gave us a wonderful 8 years and 4 months of pure unconditional love.
We are really not sure of his age, best guess by most vets he was 13+.
Phil and Deanna Cuchiaro
With Patrick and Andy, both Irish Setters and both Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs!
http://www.irishrescue.org/rocky.html - some great pics of him here.
Angel Chanel Siegel owned and handled by Tamara Siegel
Angel was a beautiful and loving dog. She gave me, my family, and everyone that meet her great joy. She was loved by many, those who knew her and those who did not. Angel was very gentle and obedient. Angel loved to ride in the car, it would put her to sleep. She loved to get her belly rubbed. Angel was a very active and physically fit dog. She was an inside and outside dog. She was an excellent protector, on the family farm and to everyone in our family. She loved her brother and sister. She loved being a therapy dog and getting love from the residents at the Homestead, nursing facility. Angel loved everyone whom she meets and those who meet her. Her name totally fit her personality. She was a loyal friend and will be greatly missed.
Am/Can CH Homespun Silvers Starburst, CDX, JH, WD, NS, CGC, Can CD ROM TDI, Delta, B&B “
Sadly we lost
Special honors have been given to
When not bringing smiles to children and the elderly,
In May 2002 Coco along with a group of Bright and Beautiful dogs she were entered in to the New Jersey Veterinary Foundation Hall of Fame for their therapy efforts given in relations to September 11, 2001. We were honored to be part of the teams that worked at
We would like to thank Sue Cone who worked hard with me on getting
To all who remember
Joanne and Stan Silver
Shawna – Adopted from Noah’s Ark 11/21/98
Shawna, owned and handled by Marlene Dodd, Rockaway, NJ passed away April 6, 2005. She was 11 years old.
Shawna has white eyelashes and everyone she met, especially in Nursing Homes would say to her “you’re such a beautiful dog with those white eyelashes.”
There was one woman at Andover Subacute and rehabilitation in a wheelchair; she was crippled very badly but when Shawna went up to her she would smile, lean forward and pet Shawna with the back of her crippled hand.
Shawna’s favorite thing was to go for a ride in the car. All you had to say is “Want to go for a ride?” and she’d jump all around in excitement.
Shawna gave unconditional love and hapines to everyone she met, and that’s why was called her “Angel Dog”.
Labelles Sandy One - CD, UCD, CGC – Owned and Handled by Robert Schappell.
The following is briefly what Sandy, a registered therapy dog , has accomplished in the seven years after being adopted from Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid Florida: .Our dog club held UKC trials in February. I decided to see how much of past training Sandy had retained. I entered her in Novice B as required. There were 2 trials Saturday and 2 trials Sunday. Much to my surprise Sandy was first place in all 4 trials. Plus, one was a high in trial. One should have been second place, but the first place dog was disqualified for some kind of a paper work foul up. The scores were not bad. Low to mid I90's.
I believe that was a fitting end to Sandy and I doing any kind of obedience competition due to age. My age is 73. Sandy's age is 9-10 years old. Her estimated age must be close. She has lots of white fur. I bet we have been asked her age several hundred times while visiting nursing homes. It is a good conversation starter.
Sandy is my assist dog at this point in time. I have Parkinson's, and need a little help walking. Talk about fate. Sandy and I were brought together for a reason. I don't know whether to be grateful to the coward that abandoned her, or hope he never has another dog to mistreat the way Sandy was mistreated.
Our normal schedule of visits takes in 5 nursing homes, 1 hospital, I mentally challenged facility, Hospice House. Some of the specials we do are: Rodeo parade in Arcadia, Watermelon festival in Arcadia, Christmas parade in Punta Gorda, Little Angels fund raiser in Arcadia, Car club fund raiser for Hospice, Blessing of the Pets, Health fair, Halloween party for problem children, and the Animal Awareness Expo. There is more, like speaking at training classes, or recruiting drives.
Sandy has a very varied wardrobe to fit the holiday or occasion . The costumes are great attention getters. Especially a dog wearing sun glasses. and a hat These simple adornments draw attention away from pain and despair, and provide a stimulus for conversation long after the therapy pet leaves. Even visitors welcome the distraction. Sometimes there is the awkward silence. The tears The pleading to go home. Many times Sandy has quieted emotional situations that the staff could not.
It is not only nursing homes where Sandy makes a contribution. The recent hurricane, Charley, brought Sandy into close contact with young children when hospice of Southwest Florida provided day care for the staff. She takes the mauling as if these were her puppies. They dressed her in the costume of the day. Then, all tried giving Sandy commands at the same time. Some even grabbed the leash and tried to get out the door. It took some time to extract the leash from tiny hands and continue on to my next visit which was to a 95 year old Hospice patient.
Mrs. Thaler and Spritzer
Remembering Mrs. Thaler I started working with my first therapy dog, Chew E. Bacca in 1982. We attended a special event at the Fritz Reuter Altenheim, a senior home in North Bergen, NJ. There we met an elderly woman with a twinkle in her eye who especially enjoyed the dogs and really made the visit fun for us.
I didn’t get back to that particular home for many years, and this time I took a different dog, my 11-year-old miniature schnauzer, Spritzer. Well, there was that same lady with the same twinkle. She told me that she had had a pet schnauzer many years earlier. She went bananas for Spritzie and they became fast and very close friends (as did Mrs. Thaler and I). Spritzer became frail as she aged and I retired her at 14½. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge a year later.
Mrs. Thaler, CoCo & Obi
Spritzer had become too old to visit, but I began visiting her with CoCo, my Border Terrier.
I had recently acquired a new dog, a 4½-month-old male schnauzer, Obi-Wan Kenobi. I took him to visit Mrs. Thaler in the hospital and later, to a rehabilitation facility after her hip replacement surgery. Obi and I visited her again after she returned to the senior home and her progress was amazing! At the time, she was 94 years old.
Mrs. Thaler & Obi
Time and time again we visited and she was always such a help and inspiration to me.
I know that in our lives we sometimes have interference from others that distracts us from the true purpose of what we ultimately want to accomplish. Mrs. Thaler helped me remain focused on our ultimate goal of helping others with our beloved four-legged companions.
As time went by my life became more demanding, and maintaining my visiting schedule became increasingly difficult, but somehow I managed to squeeze one out here and there. The home was generous in allowing me to come whenever I wished, so often my Christmases, Thanksgiving Days, and Easter Sundays were shared with my friend.
This past Christmas my family and I all fell ill and we were housebound for quite a while. I wanted to be sure I was completely well before visiting Mrs. Thaler; I didn’t want to make her sick. When I finally got to the home she wasn’t in her usual place in the hallway. Instead she was lying in her bed looking very sad and not very well.
This time I had brought my new dog, Mia (a young border terrier female) and Obi with and me, but when I approached Mrs. Thaler with Obi he stopped short as if he had brakes and had applied them. He backed away from his friend and wouldn’t lie next to her the way he always had. I was glad I had brought Mia to visit, but was upset that Mrs. Thaler kept saying, “He knows.” She just kept repeating, “He knows.” She hugged me and told me to pray that God takes her to be with her husband and Korki, her schnauzer from years ago.
Mrs. Thaler died a few days later. I had been visiting her with five of my dogs for over 20 years. I miss her and am grateful for her love, guidance and friendship. The knowledge that I gleaned from her during our visits over all those years helps me run our organization every day.
Author: June Golden
A Mega Senior Citizen.
He lived with his first owner and watched his bar in Newark for 12 years under the name Beau. When the old man died, his children gave the dog the boot and put him out on the street, where he wandered for almost three years until becoming friends with another dog, Coco. Coco introduced him to George Gavin and they fell in love. He and Jim Cramer adopted both Louie and Coco and lived happily together for four years. Louie was the oldest working dog in Bright and Beautiful’s stable.
He went to work with George every week at the rehabilitation center in Newark, bringing joy to many seniors’ lives. He and Coco would appear dressed up as Santa Claus and his elf helper or other costumes, trying to get a laugh out of the crowd.
We’re so grateful God brought him into our lives to fill the hole Roger’s death left. And we're so glad we got to give him the best last years an older dog could wish for, best friends, loving guardians, a soft bed and plenty of food and kisses and hugs.
We miss him so much but know that he, Roger; Duchess, Patches and Lady are waiting for us over the rainbow bridge to play together again someday in his gardens. I can't wait, my Louie, for when it's my turn. Although I still have many blessings to do before.
Last summer our dog "Zoe" completed her training and passed her certification test to become a Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dog in August 2004. Unfortunately Zoe was also fighting cancer and passed on December 3rd, 2004. Our primary goal was to visit children suffering with cancer, but she became to weak and was never able to achieve this. In the spring of 2003 Zoe and her sister Zena were rescued in Vermont after their owner threatened to put them down.
The family that rescued them took them into their home and brought them back to health. Once they were stable we took the sisters into New England Saint Bernard Rescue to find them a suitable home. We were not able to find a placement that could take both dogs but did find a wonderful home for Zena, and my wife and I decided to keep Zoe in our home as we did not feel she would deal well with the separation. All went well, Zena loved her new home and family. Zoe fit in well with us and our other dogs. Zoe and I decided to take obedience classes together and as we progressed we spoke with our trainer Alice Anderson about the possibility of Zoe becoming a therapy dog. Alice felt that she would be wonderful so we started working towards taking the certification test.
Zoe had several health issues that stemmed from her previous life in Vermont and we took them in stride. But before she could take the certification test she came up lame in her left front leg. After test it was found that she had bone cancer. Her only hope would be the amputation of the leg and chemo therapy. Because of her physical ability and terrific personality we decided to go ahead with the amputation. Zoe recovered rapidly. Although the loss of her leg was a hindrance it did not slow her down. She dealt with the chemo therapy like the trooper that she was and soon became a favorite with everyone at the hospital. After talking with our vet and Alice we decided there was no reason Zoe should not continue on and become a therapy dog.
Her courageous fight against the disease might be a great inspiration to others, especially children. Zoe worked hard and aced the certification test becoming a Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dog. We were all so proud of her and soon went to work. Our visits started at local nursing homes and Zoe was wonderful bringing smiles to all the patients, staff and visitors that she met. Her tall stature was great for folks in wheelchairs as they did not have to bend to touch her.
Both Zoe and I enjoyed the visits and we made plans with Alice to visit different locations including the children's hospitals. I was so confident that she had beat the cancer when we went in for her 6 month follow up exam. I was shocked when it was found that she had masses on her lungs. We started some new homeopathic treatments in hopes of slowing it down but soon could see that it was getting to her. The visits to the nursing home was to taxing on her, so we decided to take a break and let her recover.
Once the cancer had taken hold of her lungs she just could not find the strength to fight it anymore and we decided to let her go. Her time as a Therapy Dog was brief but the few smiles she brought was worth it all.
Lovey was the perfect therapy dog, whether it was Holly Manor Nursing Home, "Meals on Wheels or just her own family,
We have had many dogs over the years but we can say without reservation that she was certainly the best.
Even though she lived to be 15years old, we never could have had her long enough.
Doug and Tanya Rentsch
Old West's Sheriff Jake CGC, CD, UCD, Therapy Dog
8/04/93 - 3/28/04
Jake belonged to Peter Campione; who is the owner and head trainer at Kindred Souls Canine Center. Jake was our local celebrity always working and keeping everyone in line. Jake became a celebrity, appearing on many local and national television shows. After all, how many people can say they know someone who French kissed Joan Lundon on national television? This recognition came about due to the special relationship, human canine bond clearly on display with between Jake and Pete.
Jake, belonging to Bill Hart, one of our most seasoned evaluators, passed away earlier this month. He and Bill worked constantly, starting new groups and then frequenting them often to keep them going. A great spirit, missed by many I'm sure.
Becky Podleckis and her amazing therapy dog, Samantha were show stoppers when they'd work together as a therapy dog team. Samantha passed on and we will all miss her so.
Gidget Perrotta was owned and handled by our Texas Program Director: Debbie Perrotta, Originally trained as a seeing eye dog she helped us build the very successful program in Houston.
Here is a tribute written by Rita Hennessy Tribute to Gidget As the days come and go As the sun rises and sets We come to love each other We also come to love our pets They make us laugh They also make us cry Though we have our moody ways They will faithfully stand by Scold them and they will love you Cry and they will try and nudge away your tears They don't even mind When you play with their tail and ears But sometimes it is their turn to go to heaven But we will see them again For somehow, someway In them we will always have a friend. Today the 25th day of August, Gidget will have to be put to rest. The illness that came upon her became too much for her to bare. Though it has been a hard decision for Debbie and her husband Bob, we must be thankful for the years that she has been with us. For those of you who did not have a chance to come to know Gidget, she was a beautiful German Shepherd, who brought much joy to patient's young and old, sighted or blind. She truly was a "Bright & Beautiful" dog. So this is a sad day for many of us, but it is the beginning of eternal life for her. Yes, she will be greatly missed and no other will be able to take her place, but let us continue to encourage and keep Debbie and Bob in our prayers. Rita Hennessy, Prissy and Boomer
Nikki Drastal I'm truly saddened to have to add Nikki's picture to this page. She was one of our original therapy dogs and she was so special. We will miss her. Nikki was owned and handled by Sue Drastal.
B.B. – Basic Black
B.B. – Basic Black Basic Black, "B.B." owned and handled by Ellen Schreihofer. B.B. left for surely doggie heaven September 19, 2001. He'll be missed by all.
Thor Franco Thor, owned by Albany, NY evaluator Erin Franco, went to Doggie Heaven Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Thor's passing was sudden and our prayers and thoughts are with Erin. Thor represented his breed well as a therapy dog bringing his special kind of joy and comfort to them.
Daisy I met Daisy and her Mom, Jessica Murphy, just days before her wedding when I evaluated Daisy to be a therapy dog. Jessica and I have remained friends and colleagues since. I'm sure Daisy will be missed by residents and staff alike at Morris View Nursing Home(Morris Plains, NJ). We regret having to add Daisy's picture to this page - it's too soon to lose her, especially so tragically on Christmas Eve when Jessica bravely held her friend to a peaceful end. Peace to you, Jessica and your family.
April Anderson Al Anderson’s April – Al has the most wonderful dogs. I’m sure the residents of Morris View (where Al works) miss April coming to work with Al.
Thelma Szolley Thelma was qualified at a test in Flanders, NJ with her sister, Louise. Toghether they were quite a pair. We lost Thelma after an old racing injury reoccurred.
Beautiful Ayla, after a long hard struggle was lost to liver failure. She was a love and friend to all. She worked with Lisa Byer and her Mother Justine Lipman.
Naughty Norton Judi Dom Pieri has the most enchanting bull dogs and Norton was no exception. Even tempered and so sweet everyone loved him.
Percy Gottlieb Percy was one of our original therapy dogs who actually helped shape our organization. Adorable – a Border Terrier; he had personality plus. I know his owner/handler, Al Gottlieb as well as all his patients miss him terribly.
Marconi Beautiful Marconi, owned and handled by Beth Karp was a show stopper – beautiful and gentle everyone loved him and misses him.
Frenchie Frenchie was the most beautiful Greyhound I’d ever seen – and I think that’s a lot given what elegant creatures they are. Sweet, calm and stable she’d charm the most sour patient – she was one of our test dogs and was at just about every event we had – her owners and handlers are Betty Kish and Annie Watson and both serve on our Board of Directors. Frenchie helped soothe the families of The World Trade Center Tragedy and just made all of us feel better.
Dreyfus Beautiful Dreyfus, owned and handled by Sandy Lifschitz is shown here at his Barkmitzvah. Sandy and Dreyfus were Group Captains at Brighton Gardens and Cheshire Home in Florham Park, NJ. Sandy’s creative and fun-loving mind was always at work – Dreyfus was also married at a beautiful wedding to B&B therapy dog, Kelty as well. Dreyfus was taken from us too soon and we miss him so.
Jackson Maher Adorable Jackson was qualified as a therapy dog but never had the chance to work – he was taken from us too soon. Our thoughts are with you Kathleen and Cindy. Jackson lived in North Plainfield, NJ.
Benny Mangan Benny was qualifed with his owner/hander, Lori Mangan at the Jersey Animal Co-alition’s dog walk – he passed away too soon – and broke all our hearts.
I’m so sorry to have to say that Kathi and Bob lost their two dogs in one year – that is sadly remarkable. What struck me about them is that not only was I taken with the breathtaking beauty of these two dogs but that they were search and rescue dogs too. The dogs and their owner/handers were the nicest I’ve encountered in this work and it makes it so gratifying.
For Kirby, life has not always been this easy. Although most of her history will never be known, what we do know is this: In September 2001, she was found tied to the fence at the Assisi Animal Shelter in Jersey City, obviously abandoned. Laura Pavelko had been looking for a dog that she could train for therapy work, and Kirby seemed to be perfect for the job. She had the gentleness and intelligence needed for therapy, and it was apparent that someone had trained her well. Within a month after she came to live with the Pavelkos, she passed her therapy dog test and became a certified member of The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.
Kirby was a therapy dog who took her job seriously. Every Friday she made the ride to Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights with her human, Laura Pavelko, who works for the facility. Once there, Kirby spent her day cheering up the residents, patients, and staff, resting in the Laura’s office between visits. The days could be long for an older dog like her, but Kirby always found the energy to greet each person with enthusiasm and love.
Lady Peterson, owned and handled by Cyndi and Christen Peterson in Hayden, Idaho passed on to Doggie Heaven September 17th, 2002 peacefully in her sleep. She was a regular at Kootenai Medical Center and they all miss her so.
Samantha Puotinen Samantha Puotinen owned and handled by C.J. Puotinen, has made hundreds of visits with the Hudson Valley Humane Society’s visiting pet program. She has been a wonderful ambassador for pet therapy and we are so proud of CJ and Samantha for their great work. I’m sure Sam is greatly missed by many.
Annie Richardson Adorable Annie owned/handled by Ginny Richardson, passed away 8/11/03 from Cancer. She was almost 10 years old and she’ll be missed by all - the young and old at Newton Memorial Hospital and The Special Children’s School, Newton, NJ.
Mishu Shulman Lovely Mishu, the light of her owner/hander’s life, Adrienne Shulman, passed away at the age of 10 – she is missed so by her family and patients.
Maya Watsky Maya, owned and handled by Joana Watsky, one of our certified evaluators, left a void in not only her owner’s life but all the patients she visited as well. She is missed by all including all Joana’s dog training students too.
In Honor of Oso
In Honor of Oso
Emperor Oso Di Guardia, known to all as simply “Oso” went on to Rainbow Bridge on September 3rd, 2003. He was a 170 lb. Cane Corso that was a true ambassador not only of his breed, but also for all working dogs. We had the amazing honor of sharing our lives together for ten years There was never a day that Oso did not want to go to work and share his sense of humor, caring and compassion. Oso was obviously a huge dog that possessed a way about him that made people of all cultures love him. When he walked into a facility it was always a hundred questions. What kind of dog is he? Does he eat a lot? How old is he? Etc. Oso would do anything for a laugh or to make a person smile. The most impressionable visit was at hospital in Pennsylvania in the pediatrics ward, at the beginning of his Therapy dog career. We had the opportunity to visit a child that was very, very ill and had more tubes inserted in her then I could ever have imagined. She waited all day to see the dogs. I was concerned that Oso was a little too big and clumsy to be around all of her equipment. The child really wanted to see the “big dog", so of course, we couldn’t deny her. Oso went in there and as dogs do, knew exactly where to put his feet and body and to be extra careful with her. She leaned over to give him a kiss on his head and h returned a kiss as gentle as a piece of cotton on her cheek. From that day on I knew that I would never have to worry about Oso in any situation. That was the kind of dog he was. Always giving what you needed or wanted and usually before you even knew it for yourself. During Oso's time of sickness he still insisted on working. He worked and gave all of himself until three weeks before he went on ahead of me. If I even considered leaving him home he would throw a fit. He never complained, asked for anything or even told me when things were hurting him. Oso has taught me the greatest lessons in life, was my dearest companion for a decade and has made me strive to make the saying. “I hope that one day I am the person my dog THINKS I am” come true. May all who love dogs have the gift of having one like Oso in their lives.
By His Mother, Kim Seipel
We are saddened by the loss of one of our own Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. Wotan, a Yellow Labrador Retriever, served as a therapy dog for his community in Kingwood, Texas, for the last two years. His death was sudden and unexpected, from a complication resulting from what should have been a routine, non-life threatening medical procedure. Wotan was only a few months shy of his sixth birthday.
The suddenness of his passing is grieved not only by Wotan’s therapy companion, Peggy Mitchell and her family. It is shared by the many residents of Westminster House, the assisted living facility where Wotan made weekly rounds, amusing them with his cute tricks, and dispensing generously his fondness and affection toward the residents.
What won people over was not only Wotan’s loving and friendly nature, but a personality that displayed very human emotions and behaviors. He could pout if he didn’t get his way. He loved to show off, especially his strong swimming skills. He was so fastidious that he wouldn’t walk across a patch of grass he deemed unclean. He was so fussy that he would not go out in the rain without a umbrella held over him. But he was so gentle that stuffed toys given to him as a puppy, although worn from wear, remain intact after 5 years.
Wotan’s passing is a great loss, to his family, his many friends, and especially to the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs organization. We will all miss him terribly.
Phoenix DeSantis Phoenix DeSantis, owned and handled by Dena DeSantis passed on to a better place to wait for Dena September, 2003. Dena and Phoenix lived in West Paterson, NJ.
Buster Fischer Buster, owned by Christina Fischer died tragically and much too soon – he is missed by everyone, he was such a special little guy. They lived in Summit, NJ.
Honey Smith Honey, a Beautiful Golden Retriever and therapy dog owned and handled by Marge Smith, Wayne, NJ.
Stephanie and her black lab, Bubba were one of our very first therapy dog teams. She was our first group captain and she did so much to help us - she died tragically and much too soon - we miss her so.
Turtle Dove Sadly, we lost one of the finest therapy dogs I've ever known July 25, 2000. Taken at Jersey City Medical Center, Pediatrics. Turtle Dove was owned and handled by Hazel Wichman, seen in the picture working with her.
Ace Hazel Wichman’s pride and joy, Am/Can Ch. Von Hasselwick Gamekeeper, Am/Can CD, CDx, CGC, JE, CG had a full and rich life. Sire to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, finished breed champion and obedience titled in the U.S. and Canada. He earned his versatility award from the Border Terrier Club of America and the AKC’s Ace award of merit in the therapy dog category. Ace’s contribution to pet therapy has been ground breaking and extensive. He passed on a week before his 17th birthday. He is seen here with Hazel helping to check in other B&B therapy dogs at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, East Orange, where we held our blessing of the therapy dogs. We was adorable and we all miss him.
CH Fatima’s Knight ‘N Charge CD, HT, VBX, Therapy Dog
Known as “KC” to those who loved him. He was owner handled to his Championship after he first received his CD in 3 consecutive shows and became a Therapy Dog. In 1997 “KC” went to the Nationals and achieved his HT, performed the obedience brace with a qualifying score, competed in Jr. Showmanship and in Best of Breed. He won the Multi-Level award and won the Iago Trophy for the second time. He did it all with his tail up and wagging, having fun as only “KC” knew how. Where “KC” really shined though was as a Therapy Dog. He started singing as we turned into the parking lot. He brought love and laughter wherever he went, and the residents loved to see him. “KC” was a wonderful working Bouvier and my best friend. Karen Zeman
When our previous pet died at the age of fifteen, my husband and I waited a year before we considered getting another. Sound familiar? A dear friend who was on an animal hotline heard about little Einstein (named after the bagel stores, not the famous scientist), a 7 month old little part Maltese and part poodle mix, (My husband called him a moodle) the first of the breed. His owner could no longer keep him. I went to my friend’s home, met Einstein, and his owner, and fell in love. For 6 and a half years Einstein gave unconditional love to my family and me. He followed me everywhere. When I brushed my teeth at night, I’d feel a little lick on the back of my leg---which was Einstein asking for water from a cup. I’d give him a cup of water and the little guy would go onto his bed and curl up and go to sleep for the night. Einstein and I became a team through Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. He had a wonderful disposition, but he was a little shy with strangers. We went to Cheshire Home and to Castle Hill Assisted Living in Florham Park. When I held all 12 pounds of him, he would let the residents pet him. He was so cute that people were drawn to him. He was a wonderful catalyst that helped me reach out and talk to the residents. They often spoke of pets that they had had, sometimes they would retrieve information from their youth. It was always a satisfying experience for me and for the residents. It always made them smile and so many of them came out just to see the folks from Bright and Beautiful and their wonderful companions. My sweet and loving pet became seriously ill over a period of 7 weeks. Excellent veterinary care, medications, and nurturing on the part of my husband and I couldn’t reverse a progressive disease. We were broken-hearted when we had to put him down on February 20th, 2004. Our memories of this dear pet are very much alive and we shall always treasure the time he was in our care. Judy Cohen
Rusty and Dr. Wichman
Rusty and Dr. Wichman. Tyrian’s Red Alert, “Rusty” she was a mommy, grandma, therapy dog and test dog for new therapy dogs for many years as well as a loving companion to Hazel Wichman.
Scupper, beautiful and elegant was so like her owner/handler, Bobby Martens. With her brother, Casanova, we will all miss her.
Dottie Marie Sullivan
Dot, Sally Sullivan’s beautiful German Shorthaired Pointer. Sally and Dot fought bravely against cancer together and for a short time, they won.
Molly, owned and handled by Kevin Smith and Marcie Cohen was one of our original Bright & Beautiful therapy dogs. Here she is in her graduation cap and gown from the therapy dog classes we gave at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, East Orange, NJ.
It’s hard to believe that Miss Spritz will not greet me as usual tomorrow morning. She was my bestest friend, therapy dog and companion for 15.5 years. Although I miss her fiery spirit I feel as if she is always with me.
Zebediah Behrens Zeb – the great Zeb with the great face. He could melt a thousand hearts. Our sweet prince brought peace and love to all our patients. I know Rick and Eileen Behrens still miss him so.
Gremlynne, an 8 year old French Bulldog, had been imprisoned in a rabbit cage in a puppy mill for several years. (Puppy mills use rabbit cages so the dogs don't have to be walked; everything falls through the grate under their paws.) Gremlynne was bred whenever she came into heat. She was then shuffled around for breeding in three homes before Bette & Manda Kaplan flew her to New Jersey from northern Michigan. Several operations and nine dental extractions later, Gremlynne, in perfect health, was spreading her comical charm as a Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog. Since May, 1999, this funny little dog thought she was a human baby, and loved nothing more than to lie on her back in her clients' arms, affixing them with an adoring (if somewhat lopsided) stare. One week prior to Gremlynne receiving her well deserved award for comforting the victims of the WTC disaster she tragically passed away from a cerebral hemorrhage. We all loved her and will miss her.
Bu Bu, owned by Judie Gale in Lemont, IL left for Doggie Heaven Sunday, 4/16/00. He made everyone smile and feel happy with his antics - he'll be missed by all.
Beautiful Roger, faithful therapy dog and friend to all, left for heaven June 3rd. Both he and Duchess wait for George now. We wish you Peace and strength now, brother George.
Bugs - Von Hasselwick Ladybug
Von Hasselwick’s Ladybug. We lost this beautiful and versatile therapy dog 10/11/00 – She was an obedience and agility titlist. Breed champion and loyal friend to Jaclyn, Betsy and all the Scapicchio’s who miss their loving family member.
Big wonderful Jake with the crooked ears and lopsided grin - he broke all of our hearts when he died the night before therapy dog graduation. It was unanimous to let him graduate anyway.
Anna & Sarah Atlas
Anna was one of the first Search and Rescue dogs on site at the WTC. She was also one of our therapy dogs. Anna died about a year after the WTC tragedy from an infection in her spine.
Oscar worked with his Dad Robert Calabrese – he lived in Turnersville, NJ. As you can see by the big grin he was a happy soul who loved to make others happy too.
Crunch Di Palma
Crunch One of KarenDiPalma’s therapy dogs – Crunch was special, beautiful and wonderful..He moved with Mom from NJ to New Mexico and passed on quickly to Cancer. We miss him. I know Mom, Karen really misses him too.
Mr. Firecrackers Mr. Firecrackers or “Crackers” was born on the 4th of July and was a wonderful loving companion to his owner/handler Marinus Hoogerhyde and therapy dog. He marched in our 4th of July parade and was a regular at our group visits in his area Northern NJ. Mr. Hoogerhyde is a photographer and he delighted us with his photos of Crackers.
Christie, owned and handled by Stephanie Jones visited regularly at Brighton Gardens, Florham Park, NJ. She was a lovely therapy dog and family pet.
Casanova, just as his name implys was a love – owned and handled by Bobby Martens – he was so special.
Casanova, just as his name implys was a love – owned and handled by Bobby Martens – he was so special.
Mandy, owned and handled by Laura McLean was a Leonberger. Beautiful and unusual she was a joy for her patients to behold and visit with. We lost Mandy 7/20/03 – too soon by anyone’s standards.
Shane, owned and handled by Colleen O’Connor was a fun dog – he attended our first 4th of July parade in Ridgewood, NJ and he was a blast. Loved by everyone – he died too soon and broke our hearts.
Jerry Lee Schumacher
Jerry Lee, a fabulous Dobie and therapy dog, left for Doggie heaven suddenly earlier this year (2003) I know Patty, Jerry Lee’s loving companion misses him terribly and we do too.
Holly a beautiful Golden Retriever, 8 years old passed on to Rainbow Bridge before she actually had the opportunity to be a real therapy dog. She was diagnosed with Lung Cancer July 2003. Michelle and Rob Crisanti found her abandoned wandering on a highway and rescued her. She passed her therapy dog certification with flying colors and then fell ill.
Crystal Dom Pieri
Crystal was a beautiful gentle soul, she made the folks at the Harborage and Fritz Reuter Altenheim, both in North Bergen, NJ happy and peaceful. She and Judi were always cheering people up and making them feel better. Judi Dom Pieri, her owner/hander, had an appointment with her vet. Crystal had been diagnosed with Cancer and had stopped eating. Judi tried and tried to get her to eat and finally before Judi took her to the vet Crystal passed peacefully in her sleep. She was 8 years old.
Sorry to report that our sheltie Kelsey, has crossed, quite suddenly to the other side. Although she did not participate in group visits, she spent many hours visiting friends and family in local hospitals and group homes. When word went out that there was a beautiful, sweet, cuddly sheltie on the floor, a visit to one patient turned into a marathon of visits to multiple patients in multiple areas facilities with Kelsey bringing her own brand of joy and comfort. Kelsey was also an accomplished agility competitor as well and had just completed her CD. She was a bi-blue merle who thought the only color ribbon to bring home was blue. This past year, she brought home all blue and one second place ribbon. She was a true friend, team mate and competitor. She is, and will be, sorely missed by all whose lives she has touched.
I've enclosed a pick of Kelsey doing what she loved .... living life to the fullest. Perhaps, as the rest of the troops (2 more shelties and an aussie) mature they too will be able to serve as therapy dogs. Only time will tell about that "tail". Karen, Team Sheltie and one Aussum Aussie
George Gavin's Duchess
Duchess, the little dog with three legs, almost blind and pretty old by anyone's standards with the great big grin and courage beyond measure. She was a wonderful therapy dog and we miss her.
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