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Pet Partner Profile: Ruth O. and Ike

Ruth O. rescued Ike, an 11-year-old mixed Terrier, and he is “a wonderful addition” to the family. Ike will be a busy boy, as Ruth has plans for them to visit the VA Hospital, UW Hospital, and the Sylvan Crossing facility, where Ruth can visit a long-time friend. Ruth is busy herself, with photography, reading, …

Pet Partner Profile: Sue S. and Lucy

Sue S. lives in Platteville with her five-year-old Golden Retriever, Lucy. Lucy has plenty of company at home: Maggie, a 14-year-old Golden; Felicia and Henrietta, mother and daughter rescued cats; Gus, an 11-year-old Haflinger Horse; and Goldilocks, a 21-year-old Quarter Horse. When Sue’s family lost their Golden, Ellie, they wanted to get another Golden, but …

Pet Partner Profile: Cecelia T. and Mabel

Cecelia T. originally got Mabel, a two-year-old Great Pyrenees, to guard their sheep and livestock but says, “Her personality was destined for therapy work.” Other pets are cats Coconut, Zero, and Bling, and dogs Luther and Annie. Cecelia would like to bring Mabel to hospitals, campus visits, and Paws & Pages events. A small farm …

Pet Partner Profile: Donna G. and Cheyenne

Donna G. adopted Cheyenne, a seven-year-old Golden Retriever, from Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever. She was a breeder’s dog who was surrendered to WAAGR. Cheyenne will be busy with Donna, who is interested in visiting nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, and possibly participating in the Paws & Pages / Read With Me program. Donna says …

Pet Partner Profile: Mimi L. and Nemo

Mimi L. of Madison met her 4 1/2-year-old Lab mix, Nemo, at the Dane County Humane Society. Mimi says, “We asked to take him on a walk, and he just put his head in my lap and looked up to say ‘Take me home!’” That lucky dog joins Scrappy the cat. Mimi says Nemo loves …

Pet Partner Profile: Kris J. and Journey

Kris J. was training Journey, a Golden Retriever, for the Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs (WAGS) program. Journey was released from the program, but WAGS’ loss was Kris’s gain as she adopted her. Eight years old Journey is joined in the family by Nickels, also a Golden, and Saul, a Golden/Lab, whom Kris is …

This Is Why We Do This – Kathy and Gypsy

Gypsy and I had the MOST amazing visit at Central Wisconsin Center. A little girl with cerebral palsy was in for evaluation and had not responded to anything all week. When they brought her to meet Gypsy and asked if she wanted to pet the dog, she made a face and shook her head no; …

Pet Partner Profile: Courtney W. and Chopper

Courtney W. lives in Middleton with Chopper, her five-year-old German Shepherd. Chopper came from a breeder in Sun Prairie; he’s the sixth Shepherd Courtney has owned, but the first male. Courtney also has Wheels, a “very enthusiastic two-year-old Golden.” Visiting goals for this new team are UW campus visits and the Read With Me / …

Pet Partner Profile: Eileen and Brian B with Desmond

Eileen and Bryan B. searched for Irish Wolfhound puppies for over a year. Then, when they were living in the state of Washington, they found a breeder in central Oregon with a litter of eight-week-old puppies. They took Desmond home! This big boy is two years old now and shares the household with adopted cat …

The Fearful Lady & the Therapy Dog

This is Why we Do This A story from Pet Partners JoAnn & Molly: Molly and I had been visiting at the Meadows Assisted Living in Spring Green for several months when a new resident joined the group in the activity room for our visit. Mrs. K. was sitting in the far corner, and assuming …

Pet Partner Profile: Mary F. and Lambeau

In 2014, Mary F. became a foster mom for Lambeau through Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin. He needed surgery on both knees, and Mary nursed him until he was finally healed several months later. By then she was smitten and adopted Lambeau into his forever home. Mary plans to start visiting with Lambeau at nursing …

Pet Partner Profile: Kathy H. and Keva

Kathy H. comes to Dogs On Call from Monroe, WI, but she traveled even farther to get Keva, her Catahoula. After researching the breed, Kathy made a trek to Arizona to get Keva from a breeder. She joins three other dogs at Kathy’s – Kiya, Willow, and Taco – and five cats – Jack, Blaine, …

Jen and Honey and Fourth of July Parades

The idea of getting involved with pet therapy began for Jen and Honey at a parade. They were watching from the in-laws’ front porch when family members noticed that Honey was making her way around the front yard greeting family & friends and sitting next to each person to get attention and give love. A …

Pet Partner Profile: Megan M. and Cricket

Cricket, age 4, is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Pet Partner with Megan M. Also in the household are three cats – Greyson, Mootsie, and Alex. Megan would like to explore visiting children with emotional difficulties or really just about anything except bedside visits. Cricket is height challenged and too big to lift, so on-the-floor …

Pet Partner Profile: Ann and Howie

In 2010, Ann S. and her family were looking for a non-shedding and hypoallergenic dog for a family pet. They became enchanted with the Havanese breed, found a breeder near Chicago, and went for a visit. Ann says Howie picked them when he was four weeks old. After growing out of being a “terror” as …