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Sept. 16, 2017
PPWork Shop 9:30am-4:00pm  St Elizabeth Hospital Florence, Ky.  must register in advance  
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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  
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july 16th, 2017
work shop must email for a time  Besthesda North Hospital  must register in advance  
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TPGC in the News



2015

Veterans Day - November 11, 2015

Group provides therapy dogs to assist in veterans' recovery Dogs are medicine on 4 legs, veterans say

Our very own Glenna Mockbee with her Pet Partner, Jonah, and Amy Hudoba with her Pet Partner, Sparky, were featured on WLWT Channel 5 News on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015.

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2013

Pet Therapy Program Reaches Landmark
Twenty Years of Service!


This article appeared in the March, 2013 newsletter of Shriners Hospital for Children.

Our popular pet therapy program has reached a landmark twenty years of service to the hospital in
2013! Through the years over 40 wonderful dogs and their people partners have given of their time
and talents to provide a very special type of support to our children and families...

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2012

What is Pet Therapy Anyway?

This article appeared in the December, 2012 newsletter of SeniorLink.

I’m sure you’ve heard someone tell you they own a pet therapy dog, but do you really know what they mean? The idea of pet therapy began in the 1860’s, in fact Florence Nightengale, the founder of the American Red Cross, recognized the benefits of pet therapy when she was working with the mentally ill over 150 years ago! So what are some of the benefits of pet therapy?

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A Four-Pawed Therapist

This article appeared in Cincinnati Chic online magazine on September 17, 2012

A local pug recently earned the "American Therapy Dog of the Year" award. Learn how this little pup earned such a lofty title.

They say a dog is a man's best friend, but here at Cincy Chic, we know that posh little pups can be a woman's best friend, too!

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Beloved Pets are Heroes Too

This article appeared in the Wilmington News Journal on March 28, 2012

The nominations for the 2011 American Red Cross Pet as Heroes Awards in Clinton and Highland counties have been announced. The nomination from Clinton County are Belle and her owner, Susan Ertel...

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2011


The Pug Dog Club of America (PDCA) Names Bella Therapy Dog of the Year

Each year the PDCA Board honors the pug who demonstrates outstanding service to the community over the previous year by awarding that dog the honor of Therapy Dog of the Year.  Bella, owned by Judi Pepin was awarded that honor at the 2011 awards dinner at the Pug National Specialty...

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Dog, Owner Making Difference In People's Lives

Our very own Amy Hudoba and her Pet Partner Sparky, were recently highlighted in a feature story on WLWT Channel 5. In a touching and emotional story, Sparky and Amy were shown visiting Hospice and a favorite patient of theirs, 83-year-old Charlotte Carter. Charlotte noted that her kids “hadn’t seen her smile or be happy about anything in ages,” and that she was “lower than a snake’s belly” until Sparky started visiting her.

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Outside The Ropes: A Place to Live

This article appeared in The LPGA Future's Tour

On Tuesday, several LPGA Futures Tour players joined forces with service dogs to accomplish one goal, bring smiles to the faces of those involved with the Hospice of Cincinnati. Kylene Pully, Jackie Barenborg, Lucy Nunn, Mesha Levister, Leah Wigger, Kirby Dreher, Lyndsay McBride, Erica Moston, and Annie Brophy divided their efforts to visit the Hospice of Cincinnati’s Blue and Anderson units.

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2010


Mason Resident Awarded for Volunteer Service

Shriners Hospitals for Children® Recognizes Volunteer for Pet Therapy Program - Nov 2010

Mason resident Glenna Mockbee received the Henry Johnson, Sr. Memorial Volunteer Award for her work at Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Cincinnati. Mockbee has been involved at the pediatric hospital for more than 14 years. She coordinates and oversees all aspects of the pet therapy program for the hospital.

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2009

Therapy dogs are patient's best friend

This article appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer November 13, 2009

Radar has no degree and he cannot talk, but for Scott Smith, a young man with debilitating Crohn’s disease, he was just what the doctor ordered.

The golden retriever police dog and his handler, Cincinnati Police Officer Mike Brogan, paid a surprise visit to the 21-year-old Union Township man’s room at Christ Hospital last month.

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TPGC Therapy Team Makes the Final Copy

TPGC Treasurer Judi Pepin's Bella made the news. She was selected as a cover model for the 2009-2010 Cincinnati Bell Yellow Pages.

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TPGC Member Recognized with Volunteer Award

Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati received a charitable donation in 2009 from US Bank on behalf of employee Debra Bryant & her Shetland Sheepdog Cassie.

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2008

Petting dogs therapeutic for ill and elderly

This article originally appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer in Nov 2008.

When people tell Glena Mockbee she is going to the dogs, she smiles. She's happy they noticed.

Mrs. Mockbee spends 25 to 30 hours every week bathing her three dogs and hauling them to area hospitals, nursing homes and a hospice for pet therapy sessions. She also gives talks about pet therapy at preschools and libraries.

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Reading scores improve after program implemented

This article appeared at The Clermont Sun in 2008.

Michael Bradley
Sun staff

The art of reading has literally gone canine at the Locust Corner Elementary School.

For the last four years, the elementary school has been engaging it's more than 400 students in reading to privately owned certified therapy dogs that come in for an hour once a week to the homerooms for the students to read out loud to the dogs.

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West Clermont Elementary Schools

This article appeared in the West Clermont Local Schools Connections newsletter of October 10, 2008.

Young readers at Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School receive a little therapy each week from some four-legged friends. Steve Inkrot and his canine helpers Duffy and Gunny, trained Delta Society therapy dogs, visit the school every week to help young readers learn not only about animals, but about reading.

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Snood-Full of Love Project Wins Many Hearts (and First Prize!) at the Basset Hound Club of America’s National Specialty in 2008

One of the highlights of the 2008 BHCA’s National Specialty held the first week of October in Plano, Texas was the annual “Snood Contest”. (Snoods are fabric tubes which slip over the dogs’ heads to keep the long ears clean prior to competition.) Competitors arrived in themes ranging from sports mascots and line dancing Cowboys to a full cast of sheep in a spoof of the Serta Mattress commercial.

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DOGGY TALES

This article originally appeared in the Pulse Journal in 2008.

R.E.A.D. with Bandit Program provides unique approach.

People and children alike stop and stare when the local library's celebrity star walks through the doors.  Fairfield Lane Library gives children the opportunity to practice their reading skills with the help of  a furry, four-legged friend throughout the year.  For two years, Fairfield Lane Library has taken part in the national Reading Education Assistance Dogs program.

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2007

Reading session goes to the dogs

This article originally appeared in the Eastside Life newspaper on January 24, 2007.

Call it a happy tale. Or tail.

Elizabeth Burress rescued Lily, a 4-year-old Labrador retriever mix, from an abusive home several years ago. The dog now serves as an ambassador for the Delta Society, therapy pet program, visiting nursing homes, hospitals and the library to share goodwill.

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2006

Therapy dog a treat for those that meet her in school

This article originally appeared in the Suburban Life newspaper on December 20, 2006.

This 5-year old Labrador-Collie-Chow mixed breed might be the envy of all dogs.  Everywhere the black, bright-eyed girl goes, someone pets her.  Lexi - full name Precious Alexa Lexi - is a therapy dog, healing and helping with her calm and affectionate demeanor and her therapy will not be denied.

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