Upcoming Events

Sept. 16, 2017
PPWork Shop 9:30am-4:00pm  St Elizabeth Hospital Florence, Ky.  must register in advance  
Contact: Susan

july 23rd, 2017
Pet Partner testing must email for a time  Besthesda North Hospital  Must have gone through a work shop, or renewal- must have a time to be tested  
Contact: Susan

july 16th, 2017
work shop must email for a time  Besthesda North Hospital  must register in advance  
Contact: Susan


Members' Stories

Arlene Levan

My oldest Lab's name is Shadow.  Shadow will be 14 years this coming May.  His health at present is really deteriorating.  However, about six months ago - early AM - about 6:30 to be exact I felt a wet nose poking my face.  I told him to lie down but he turned around and poked me again.  I thought maybe he really had to go out so I got up and took him and the other dogs to the kitchen to go out back.  They all went out but while I was in the kitchen I kept feeling a hot area by my stove.  I looked around and saw that my husband forgot the teapot - he had boiled water, got sidetracked and all the water boiled out and the teapot was starting to burn.  I feel Shadow had smelled the burning teapot and probably saved us from a fire in the house.  Although he has always been a great dog, I will always remember him for this incident.



Nancy Bashaw

Partner and I went to a nursing home and a supervisor from the nursing home was with me on the rounds.  We went into one man's room and Partner was in bed with the gentleman and he (the gentleman) was petting Partner, my dog, and talking to me in long complete sentences.  We did this about 20 minutes and then left.  When we were out of the room, the supervisor said that he had been there two years and she did not know that he could talk in sentences.



Susan Ertel

Belle, the basset hound, and I read every week at a local elementary school in a first grade classroom. We read individually with four students each week and rotate until we complete the classroom rotation. Belle actually becomes a part of that classroom - she is bulletin board material, writing and history exercises in the classroom - we even have a birthday party for Belle just like the other students.  The children love it - they make birthday cards, and we have people puppy chow.  Since this is our third year at the school, Belle is very well known.  At the close of each of our visits, Belle goes to the office and sits in front of the school secretary's bottom file drawer.  This is where her treat bones are kept and she gets one every week!  We have been embraced by all of the school staff and students.  I have written a children's book about Belle's story - "Belle the Hound That Was Found" -  not too bad for a rescued basset.  She works magic everywhere she goes.  We PAWS to celebrate pet therapy every chance we get.



Sharon Anderson

Bandit and I were visitors in a special needs class. The idea was for the kids to interact with Bandit and then talk to their parents. One of the kids came over and sat down next to us. He was in the class because he had a history of violent behavior. For about an hour, he petted Bandit and talked about his life of abuse at home. The teacher was surprised because the boy had never told anyone about the extent of the abuse.