Therapy Partners, Inc. ™ What’s New Spring 2006 th 3301 9 Ave. • Huntsville, AL 35805 • 256-536-7123 • www.TherapyPartners.org Issue 36 Therapy Partners, Inc.™ is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency honoring the human-animal bond to enhance the quality of life for all Tim Morgan Golf Classic Grant Awarded Therapy Partners has received a grant from the Tim Morgan Golf Classic. Rachel Hopper and Don Rizzardi, representing Mr. Morgan, made this pre- 11 Years of Service sentation at our December holiday party. This grant, made possible through the fund raising efforts of em- ployees of the District Attorney’s office, has provided funding for audio-visual equipment, uniform shirts for handlers, and support materials for our core pro- gram services. Visual presentations have become a big part of our training program as well as our Part- ners in the Community programs. Some of the pro- grams available to the community include: “The Care and Training of Dogs” (including bite prevention), “Animal Assisted Therapy: definition, history and Sheree Kelley, Cathy Hubler, Alan Bibb, Rachael Hopper, benefits,” and “Introduction to Therapy Partners, Don Rizzardi, Donna Palumbo, Dan Halcomb, Margie Inc.” More and more PowerPoint presentations are Wiesman, Connie Gates and Paul Seeley being developed as needed. We sincerely thank the Golf Classic for helping us help the community. Margie Wiesman Continue the Miracles Every visit is a personal gift: a touch of life, a mo- available. Your gift supports a Therapy Partner ment of hope in the midst of despair, a sweet break team for one year. The sponsor receives a plaque in an otherwise difficult routine. It’s the cancer pa- with a picture of the therapy team and stories tient whose chemotherapy treatment is eased by the about the team’s snuggle of a therapy dog. It’s the rehabilitation pa- visits, recognition tient whose favorite exercise is reaching out to hold on our website and the therapy cat. It’s the little girl whose life will for- newsletter. Please ever be enriched because a therapy animal helped contact Therapy her embrace the power of reading. It’s the oldster Partners to find out who strokes the therapy dog and smiles anew at the more about how to memory of the boyhood pup who grew to be his best sponsor a team and friend. Your support makes miracles happen. making the miracles continue. Therapy Partners, Inc. Therapy Partners announces its Team Spon- sors program. Gold, silver and bronze levels are Connie Gates Therapy Partners, Inc. -- What’s New Spring 2006 From disk and taking it from one computer Therapy Partners, Inc. to another. the This year we are starting a Team What’s New 3301 9th Ave. • Huntsville, AL 35805 • 256 - 536-7123 • www.TherapyPartners.org Director’s Therapy Partners, Inc.™ is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency honoring the human-animal bond sponsorship program. It is our hope to enhance the quality of life for all that business leaders in our commu- Editor Desk nity will take this opportunity to Jean Greenwood Layout support Therapy Partners. Their Linda Cherry support will be rewarded with spe- Executive Director Thanks to the generous grant from cial benefits as well as our sincere ap- Margie Wiesman the Tim Morgan Golf classic we are preciation. Handler Co-ordinator now able to create and present March 19th, is the date of our pro- Jean Greenwood PowerPoint presentations. As we spective Interns and Partners inter- Administrative Assistant work more with schools, profes- views. If you have a well trained dog Jenny Stricklin sional and civic organizations we can or fabulously friendly cat give us a Board of Directors adapt our information to meet their call! If you’re accepted into the pro- President -Dan Halcomb individual needs. We know that gram our training takes 5 months. Vice-President -Alan Bibb nothing tells the stories of our won- You will learn how to work with dif- Secretary - Connie Gates derful teams better than moments ferent client populations and how to Treasurer - Sheree Kelley photographed with them and their best present your animal to them for Catherine Hubler patients. With this new equipment Paul Seeley animal assisted therapy work. We comes a need for volunteers who have a waiting list for facilities that would like to work on these presen- want our well trained AAT/AAA Active Handlers tations as well as other visual animals and their handlers. Thanks Deanna Bayless Andrea McCarley projects. This grant also provided to magazine and television articles Judy Carden Cherié Orcutt much need long sleeve shirts for our more professionals are becoming Linda Cherry Donna Palumbo Connie Gates Ted Parker handlers! We were beginning to look aware of the “special touch of heal- Connie Hawie Diane Rodgers a little ragged around the edges. ing” our teams deliver. MariBeth Hill Judy Smith Thanks to Vinny Gracchi we’re net- As spring approaches a renewed Darlene Kerr Karla Stults worked. His patience, long hours zest for life fills me with hope for our Carol Kimball Margie Wiesman Linda Lee and generosity are much appreciated future and the promise of continu- by Therapy Partners. Now we can ing to serve our clients, students and Handlers with Non-working Partners access data from any computer and the community. Join us! Make a con- Gloria Bink not have to take the expensive and tribution today. Jean Greenwood time consuming route of copying a Margie Wiesman Sharon O’Neil Handlers on Leave of Absence Passing notes Mimi Bynum To the many people at HealthSouth Re- Support Volunteers habilitation Center, the world has got- Beth Andrada Gail Meyer Jan Birmingham Landon McCrary ten just a little less joyful. Sharon Rusty Bynum Sue Morgan O’Neil’s beautiful Sheltie, Piper, has Elizabeth Christian David Rodgers Elizabeth Cline Bill Schweikert transitioned out of this world and Jeannie Davis Sue Slagle crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Since Debbie Elliott Madeleine Sparks Vinny Gracchi Alisa Spray 2001 she visited those with new hips Terry Greenwood Mark Spray and knees, accident victims, family Caroline Hopenwasser Jacqy Stone Lance Hopenwasser Allen Stults and staff. She offered herself for pets Cathie Lang Joyce Tofflemire Nancy Lovell Michael Wiesman and hugs. In addition to her luxurious coat, Piper had the most serene and penetrating gaze. Her look could bring What’s New is published quarterly during the instant calm to someone in pain. She will months of March, June, September, and December. be sorely missed by us all. Jean Greenwood Available online in color at: www.TherapyPartners.org 2 Spring 2006 Therapy Partners, Inc. -- What’s New Partners on the Go… Thank You... Karla Stults accompanied by her Golden Re- to all the businesses and triever, Chelsea, spoke to 25 members of the individuals who made Friendship Civitan Club at the Jane K. Lowe Cen- contributions to our ter on October 27th. The Friendship Civitan Club Silent Auction. is sponsored by Civitan International; an orga- nization devoted to improving the lives of chil- Amanda Mullins dren and adults with developmental disabilities. Anonymous Connie Gates and Katie traveled to Athens on Artisans Salon & Spa November 8th to speak Ashley Furniture to the United Method- Bragg's of Huntsville ist Women’s Morning Brenda Smith Group of the First Chelsea is always willing to Charlie Bonner United Methodist share her love. Connie Gates Church. Connie talked about the work of Therapy Kathryn Murdoch Partners and Katie dispensed kisses. Linda Lee Fifth grade student council representatives from Dean Lee Madison County, Madison City and Huntsville Debbie Luttrell City Schools held a workshop at Early Works Mu- Katie shows her appreciation to Detail's Mrs. Linda Beasley by seum on November 15th. Karla Stults spoke about Dixieland Group Tickets dispensing kisses. the work of Therapy Part- Elaine Gauldin ners, showed the video “A Fudgey Nut Journey of Healing”, and did a presentation on “The Garvin's Care and Training of Dogs”. The children got the Glenn's Flowers of Huntsville opportunity to visit with the teams of Margie Golden Griffen Wiesman and Summer, Linda Cherry and Cyrus, Just Dogs Gourmet Donna Palumbo and Charlotte, Connie Hawie and Karen Thompson AJ and Linda Cherry and Nelson. Linda Cherry Ms. Stephanie McCoy invited Therapy Partners Mary Lou Davis to visit with 60 third grade students at Ridgecrest Salon Allure Elementary School on November 29th. After reading Presenter Karla Stults agrees that novice therapy Salon Ka Terra “Rosie, a Visiting Dogs Story” she wanted the chil- dogs AJ and Nelson acted The Greenery dren to meet some actual working therapy teams. like pro’s with the children. Darlene Kerr and Jenny and Linda Cherry and Nelson were glad to oblige. Darlene Removes Urine and Linda showed our video and spoke to the chil- Stains and Odors... dren about WAGS ( wait, ask, greet safely). The chil- no matter how old they are or how bad they smell! dren then had the oppor- tunity to pet Sunny and Even works on cat urine! Nelson and receive lots of kisses. Revolutionary Darlene and Sunny show bio-enzymatic formula! On December 5 th the chilren a real, working therapy dog. Therapy Partners, Inc. 500ml spray bottle - held its Holiday Party and $17.00 Silent Auction at Compass Bank. Thanks to the gallon - $95.00 tax included hard work of co-organizers MariBeth Hill and Sheree Kelly the decorations were beautiful, the To Order MariBeth Hill and Sheree Call 256 536-7123 food delicious and the Silent Auction a success. Kelley work on decorating Thank you to Debbie Lutrell for chairing the for the Holiday Party. Guaranteed or your money back Continued page 7 3 Therapy Partners, Inc. -- What’s New Spring 2006 Sound the Retreat! Saturday, January 7th, was the date of our handlers’ annual re- treat. Where else could we gather but in our building, which is no longer quite big enough for our Kind Hearts classes? Where else would you see a group of people gathered to compare their animal socks and doggy sweaters? Where else would we be re- minded of the fleeting lives of our partners and the changing nature of our organization? We gather to reaffirm, to laugh, to brainstorm, to discuss challenges, to posit solutions, to be amazed by all that we have done in a single year, to eat chocolate, and to look forward. We look to next year and examine the goals we have set for ourselves as an organization, and we look at new ways to serve the community. Margie and the instructors of Kind Hearts are developing a new class “Introduction to Dog Training” for kids 9-11 years old and their dogs. They hope to have it running this summer. We’ll teach the kids to use the clicker for manners train- ing, use the playground equipment, and teach some tricks. Check the Kind Hearts Website for current information (www.KindHearts.org). We grow, we change, and we eat chocolate. Therapy Partners Retreat 2006. Jean Greenwood 4 Spring 2006 Therapy Partners, Inc. -- What’s New Help for the Shy Dog Talkin’ ‘Bout (and His Handler) My Girls I guess you’ll say, what can make Two years ago my husband and I brought me feel this way? My girls, talkin’ home our first dog, Luke. We had visions of him ‘bout my girls, my girls….” playing fetch, going to PetsMart with us, and lov- So, let me tell you about my latest. ing all of our friends. Those visions lasted about If you have not been keeping track, two minutes. We quickly discovered we had you need to know that this makes brought home a shy dog. After living with him four dogs —and two cats, of course. for two years we have some tips on enjoying Clancy, my Collie (and my Center) your shy dog while helping him discover his and our Therapy Dog, Rachael (my inner bravery. Grace), a rescue from the year before, Abby (Bichon and my Sweetness), 1. Take him to school. Clicker training Evita and Alexander (both rescue class is a great place to boost your dog’s confi- cats). dence by making new friends (human and ca- Anyway, back to the new one. Her nine) and learning new skills. The school expe- name is Sherry, we guess her to be rience also helps create a bond of trust between an Australian Shepard / ??? mix, and you and your shy dog. she is, give or take, about two and a Caroline consistently works with Luke to help him overcome his half years old. Forty pounds, mostly 2. Take his mind off his worries. Once shyness. black and tan. Dappled stockings on your dog has learned a few cues in clicker class her front feet. Pretty girl, with bright such as touch, spin, twirl, and shake, employ them in scary situations. It is eyes and a wide and ready grin. And hard to be nervous while involved in a game of touch. strong as an ox — if I had nine more like her we could run the Iditarod. 3. Tell your dog how brave he is. When we see our dog cringe from She is my Power. a new stimulus, such as a car backfiring, our first impulse is to say “There, And quite an odyssey she has had. there. It’s OK.” We reinforce our dog’s fear with our body language as we I found her online, actually pull our dog to us to shield him. Instead, when your dog is worried about (Petfinder.com). She showed up as a a new stimulus ask in an excited, happy tone “What was that?” Click and candidate for a dog for my mother, treat as you tell your puppy how brave he is and move on. who lives by herself out in Oregon and who had recently lost her com- 4. Celebrate success, no matter how small. Progress is often made panion dog to kidney failure. Sherry in small increments that add up over time. If your dog only makes it four was in a shelter in Yreka, California; feet further down the “scary road” before balking, give him good treats she had been picked up roaming a and praises. trailer park. My mother went into town to see her, and came back with 5. Be persistent, but not pushy. While you are slowly introducing a dog. Then, a week later, she fell and your dog to new people, places, and things, respect your dog’s bound- badly broke her wrist. This left her aries. When your dog is too nervous to even take a piece of roast beef as a unable to care for herself, much less treat, it is time to go home and try again later. a new dog. Friends took Sherry, but it could only be temporary. Most importantly, be patient with yourself and your dog. Sometimes liv- No way this dog was going back ing with a shy dog can be frustrating. You just can’t understand what could to a shelter. So, I scrambled. Found possibly be scary about a tennis ball. When I’m most exasperated with pet transport. All I had to do was get Luke and myself, I sit down, stroke his soft fur and thank him for all the joy her to San Francisco — not as easy he brings to me everyday. I am usually rewarded with a kiss! as you might think. Finally, her Caroline Hopenwasser boarders agreed to ferry her down the coast. She flew into Birmingham, ED note: Caroline is a certified instructor with Kind Hearts Behavior Center and teaches Puppy continued page 9 ABC’s and Level 1 clicker classes. 5 Therapy Partners, Inc. -- What’s New Spring 2006 A Ray of Sunshine for Redstone Village Darlene Kerr and her Sheltie, Sunny are presently work- ing at Redstone Village Retirement Community on South Parkway. Sunny is an eight-year old Shetland Sheepdog who has excelled in obedience, conformation and agility throughout her lifetime. However, she found her favorite mission in life last year! In May 2005, she graduated from Therapy Partners as a certified therapy dog! Sunny (Albany's Ray of Sunshine) is now visiting regularly at Redstone Village with the Assisted Living residents and is doing her best to put a little sunshine into their lives. Sunny gets so excited when she gets into her Therapy Partners uniform and seems to know exactly where she is going. Sunny loves all the residents there and cuddles with each one of them as if she has known them all her life. She is a favorite of the residents as well as the staff. When she gets there, she starts prancing down the hallway and knows which direction to go. Sometimes it takes a long time to get down the hallway, since she has to visit with everyone we meet in the hall as well as the therapy room, living room and activity room. Some of the residents have noticed the way she prances down the hallway and have given her the nickmane "Miss Prissy Butt". Darlene Kerr Cats Aren’t Small Dogs and Dogs Aren’t Little People in Fur Coats For a lot of pet owners, their pets are their children so they are treated as such. However, the metabolic systems of cats and dogs are quite different from hu- mans in terms of some medications. Acetaminophen (Tylenol®, Excedrin®), Ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®), Aspirin (Bayer®, Excedrin®, Bufferin®) and Naproxen (Aleve®) can cause severe medical problems including death. In cats, acetaminophen causes a methemoglobinemia which results in the in- ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues which results in severe oxygen deprivation and death. In dogs, it can cause anemia (low red blood cells), liver damage, seizures, and even death. Acetaminophen is the num- ber one drug overdose called into animal poison control centers nationwide. Ibuprofen is another NSAID (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) that re- ally is not intended for pets either. It can result in kidney failure, liver damage, and seizures. This over the counter medication is the second most commonly reported drug ingestion called into animal poison control centers. Dr. Rhonda Buxton is a vetenarian We all know that aspirin can cause ulcers in humans and the same holds true at McCurdy Animal Hospital for dogs. It is generally not recommended to use this drug due to their huge located at 2107-A Drake Avenue. potential to cause stomach ulcers and even perforations (holes in the stomach Continued page 10 6 Spring 2006 Therapy Partners, Inc. -- What’s New From page 3 auction, Connie Gates and Diane Rodgers for doing magic with the decorations and all who provided the wonderful food. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of a check from the Tim Morgan Golf Classic to Executive Director Margie Wiesman by Rachael Hopper and Don Rizzardi. Therapy Partner handlers met on January 7th for their annual retreat. In the morning session Executive Director Margie Wiesman presented a program highlighting the accom- plishments of Therapy Partner teams in 2005 and discussed ways in which our goals for the year were met. The moving “Circle of Remembrance” was then held to honor past partners and pets of the handlers. For the afternoon session Karla Stults presented a pro- gram on how to read the body language of our partners. (See related story on page 4.) Sharon O’Neil joins in On January 25th Executive Director Margie Wiesman presented a the festivities. program to the nurses, social workers and volunteers of Hospice Family Care Center for which they were able to log 1 CEU for their attendance. Margie used the new PowerPoint presentation developed by Karla Stults entitled “Animal As- sisted Therapy – Therapy for your Dog… or What?” Handlers Karla Stults with Chelsea and Linda Cherry with Cyrus were present for people to meet some of the therapy dogs shown in the presentation. Blossomwood Elementary School invited Therapy Partners, Inc. to visit them on Janu- ary 31st. The student council was listening to groups in the community to decide where Cyrus and Chelsea relax to donate their funds. Executive Director Margie Wiesman and Donna Palumbo with after their visit at Hospice. her partner Charlotte attended. Horizon Elementary School teacher Mrs. Carolyn Hale invited Therapy Part- ners, Inc. to make a presentation to her class on February 1st. For their first visit to a Madison school Therapy Partners turned out in force. Linda Cherry with her partner Nelson spoke to the children about therapy dogs and cats and showed our video. Donna Palumbo with therapy cat Charlotte helped Nelson greet the children. Executive Director Margie Wiesman took time from her busy schedule to come and take pictures of Emmaranda Nuzum, Alex Weisner, Charlotte and Nelson in action. Fritchie Holmes and Emily Lawson visit The Alabama Red Hat Renegades invited with Nelson and Charlotte. Therapy Partners to make a presentation to their group at a luncheon hosted by Bill Heard Chevrolet on February 2nd. Executive Director Margie Wiesman and Linda Cherry attended. A special thanks to the Renegades for inviting us and to Ron Schneider, Howard Wright, and Larry Osborne of Bill Heard Chevrolet for their hospitality. Margie Wiesman addresses the Alabama Red Hat Renegades. 2006 The Year of the Dog If you have ever eaten in a Chinese plete trust. There is no subterfuge sures. Walk. Be the companion of restaurant, you know that every with a dog. He loves with his whole choice. Remind him of how won- twelve years is a Dog year. What being, and his very favorite person derful your life has been since he has you may not know is that there are is you. How could we not rejoice in been in your life. Chores will always five elements in Chinese philosophy his company? Good dog, fine dog, be there; choose to ignore them and that also cycle. And we are currently my dog, your dog. put your pup on your priority list. in the fire cycle. Fire Dog. What a The fire element is about doing, be- No one deserves it more. And you wonderful place to be. We all know ing out there, walking your talk. So get to reap all of the benefits. The the qualities of a dog that we admire take your puppy for lots of walks this Year of the Fire Dog. Celebrate and try and emulate: loyalty, living year. Watch and learn from his ab- in the moment, zest for life, com- solute delight in the simplest of plea- Jean Greenwood 7 Therapy Partners, Inc. -- What’s New Spring 2006 YMemorials & DonationsZ Top Dog / Cat Friends In memory of Dixie, beloved canine companion of Kathy and Ken Advertising Committee for the United Methodist Women’s Skibinski, by Connie Gates Banks of Huntsville Morning Group, First United Knology Methodist Church, Athens In memory of K.C., beloved feline Mr. & Mrs. James E. Beasley Mary Cobey Martin companion of MariBeth and Tommy I.A.T.S.E. Local 900 Karen Dekko Hill, by Connie Gates Mark & Cheriè Orcutt Laura Hash Dynetics Mrs. Margot I. Swanson In memory of Ruth Wolfe Weems, Don & Mary Halverstadt mother of Sharon Hudson, by Dog / Cat Richard R. Rohland Connie Gates Karin Evans In honor of Kind Hearts teachers, Gregg & Jacqy Stone In memory of Bagheera, beloved assistants and their pets: Debbie Photo Art & Photography partner and feline companion of Elliot and Kelli Anne, Beth Andrada Bebe Powell Rhonda Buxton, by Connie Gates and Dolly, Alisa Spray and Abby, Susan & Steve Stricklin Caroline Hopenwasser and Luke, Dorothy Havens In memory of Sophie, beloved Andrea McCarley and Murphy and Janet & Lee Roop canine companion of Shari Watkins, Cloè, Linda Cherry and Cyrus, Joyce Fontenot by Connie Gates Nelson and Aristotle, Karla Stults and Chelsea, Kristall and Misty, In memory of sweet Dixie, loving In honor of Kind Hearts instructors Cathie Lang and Samwise and Zack, companion of Kathy and Ken Alisa Spray, Jacqy Stone and Karla Margie Wiesman and Summer and Skibinski, by Sharon O’Neil Stults, by Stephanie Sherman Buster and Jacqy Stone and Riggs and Bandit, by Jacqy & Gregg Stone In memory of Whisper and June, In honor of Jeannie Calvarese on beloved companions of Donna and being named to the Animal Services Puppy / Kitten Tony Palumbo, by Sharon O’Neil Board, by Sallie Berryhill In memory of Bagheera, soul mate, In memory of Lela, beloved canine Alan Bibb companion of Tom Drake, by Sallie comforter, healer and retired therapy Morris Heating and Air Berryhill partner of Rhonda Buxton, by Conditioning Sharon O’Neil Alisa & Mark Spray In honor of Linda Cherry and Kind Catherine Hubler Hearts Behavior Center . Thanks for In memory of KC Hill, beloved feline John, Donna & Hershey Taylor letting Sam and me be part of companion of MariBeth and SAKS, Inc. Prancing Paws, by Cathie Lang TommyHill, by Sheree Kelley In memory of our dear Zena and In honor of the PAL Program, by In memory of Whisper and June, Rhonda Buxton’s Bagheera, by Larry Botchie and Lane Tutt beloved canine companions of Bingham and Rusty Bynum Donna and Tony Palumbo, by Sheree Kelley In memory of Max and Pete, by In honor of Margie Wiesman, by Sharon J. Clemons Jean Greenwood In memory of Turbo, beloved canine companion of Jennifer Garrett, by In honor of Charlotte Shea, by In honor of Connie Gates, by Anne Phyllis Coffield Sallie Berryhill Grier In memory of Ted Boyer, by Sallie Im memory of Piper, beloved canine Im memory of Maggie, my black partner of Sharon and David O’Neil, Berryhill Lab, by Patricia Bolton by Margie and Michael Wiesman 8 Spring 2006 Therapy Partners, Inc. -- What’s New In memory of James R. Anderson, In honor of Virginia G. Cook, Erica In memory of K.C., beloved feline beloved father of Sue Morgan, by Wiesman, Evan Ann and Alex companion of MariBeth and Tommy Leanne Smart Stoia, Virginia Shirley, Molly, M.J. and Don Gillikin, Hill, by Margie and Michael Pearson, Sharon Gad, Imogene Ramona Baker, Lynne Berry, Lea Wiesman Tilson and Margie Scruggs Ellison, Greg and Christine Kamback, Janet Robbins, Jackie and In memory of Sharon O’Neil’s Piper, In honor of Abby, by Brooke Carey Walker, Kelly Wallace, Donna beloved companion and partner, by Sherman and Mac McCrary, Charley Burrus Laurel McDaniel and Bobbie Bradey, Donna and John In memory of Zack, the wonderful Taylor, Susan Palmer and John In memory of Ava Roop, beloved yellow Lab companion of Nat and Tedesco, Dr. and Mrs. Evelyn Baker, mother of Deborah Storey and Lee Kathy Benchley, by Susan Palmer Edwin Palmer, Monica Wiesman, Roop, by Linda Cherry and John Tedesco Gloria and Jack Probeck, Inez Perkins, Barbara and Mike Im memory of Piper, beloved In memory of Whisper and June, Swinehart, Buster Brown and companion of Sharon O’Neil, by beloved canine companions of Summer Girl by Margie and Donna and Tony Palumbo Donna and Tony Palumbo, by Michael Wiesman Connie Gates In honor of all Therapy Partners’ With great appreciation to Therapy volunteers, by Erica Wiesman In memory of Coco, the 14 year old Partner handlers, Board members, All American canine companion of Kind Hearts instructors and volun- In support of Therapy Partners work Alfredo, Mary Ann and Robi teers, by Margie and Michael with elderly and hospitalized deBarbieri, by Susan Palmer and Wiesman persons, by Louise S. Heidish John Tedesco In memory of Whisper and June, In memory of Jean Glover, mother of In honor of and gratitude to all the beloved canine companions of Paul Glover and mother-in-law of ‘two-footeds’ at Northway Animal Donna and Tony Palumbo, by Lucy Brown Glover, by Linda Lee Hospital and Animal Emergency Margie and Michael Wiesman Clinic who provide such good care of In honor of Kathy Pierce on a our ‘four-footeds’, by Charlotte Shea In memory of Dixie, beloved canine landmark birthday, by Susan Phelen and Judy Guerry companion of Kathy Skibinski, by Margie and Michael Wiesman In memory of Kelsy and Udo In memory of Misty Moon Speck, by Campbell, by Patti Meredith Denise Fraley In memory of Zena, retired Therapy Partner and beloved companion of In honor of Linda Lee, by Betty In honor of Diane Rodgers and Lady, Larry Bingham and Rusty Bynum, Stapleton by Deborah and Joe Burton by Margie and Michael Wiesman From page 4 whole affair. We drove up yard or through the house. Rachael to Huntsville and met the is faster, but Sherry always finds the rest of the family. inside line. Clancy and Abby get in It took Sherry about on it every once in a while, but she twenty minutes to fit in plays more gently with them in def- with the rest of the herd erence to their ages. Therapy Dog (well, mostly; we are still material, and she has started train- sort of working on the cat ing. thing….). We had an in- And we all end the day together. stant bonding with Sherry has claimed the pillow above Rachael and they are now my head. Clancy takes one side and the best of friends. They Rachael the other. Abby at my feet. are either napping, or Still working on getting the cats to Rachael with Sherry, Ted’s newest. chewing on each other’s join us. ears, paws, faces or what- “You girls be safe, be well, and where I met the plane. And there she ever else can be reached. Or chasing know that you are loved.” was, totally nonplussed about the each other at full tilt around the back Ted Parker 9 Therapy Partners, Inc. -- What’s New Spring 2006 From page 6 Kind Hearts Behavior Center wall). One should never give aspi- rin to cats because it inhibits the Class Schedule bloods ability to clot in the same fashion as it does in heart patients but to a much greater extent. Puppy ABC’s Level III These drugs usually find their way Ages 12 - 24 weeks (Pre-requisite: Successful completion into our pets systems through acci- Mar 25 - May 6 May 27 - Jul 8 Jul 29 - Sep 9 Sep 30 - Nov 11 Mar 21 - May 2 Jul 25 - Sep 5 Sep 26 - Nov 7 Mar 23 - May 4 c Saturday 9:45 am - 10:45 am Level I Tuesday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm May 23 - Jul 11 (closed July 4) Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm c of Level 2) Wednesday 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm Mar 22 - May 3 c May 24 - Jul 5 Jul 26 - Sep 6 Sep 27 - Nov 8 Playground I (Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Level 1A or 2) Saturday 7:15 am – 8:15 am Mar 25 – May 6 May 27 – July 8 Jul 29 – Sept. 9 Sep 30 – Nov. 11 dental ingestion or through owner administration. There is a common misconception that if the “children’s” formulation is safe for our two legged children then it must also be safe for our four-legged chil- dren. Think again. We all can em- pathize with our pets when they do not feel well or they are hurting . A mother’s instinct is to make it all bet- ter but giving any of these medica- tions is not the answer because you can make matters even worse de- pending on what is really causing May 25 - Jul 13 their discomfort. If you have any Jul 27 - Sep 7 Playground II doubts or questions about what Sep 28 - Nov 9 (Pre-requisite: Successful completion medications you can give your pet, of Playground 1) please get the advise of your regular Saturday 11:00 am -12 noon Mar 25 - May 6 veterinarian or call the Animal Emer- Saturday 8:30 am – 9:30 am May 27 - Jul 8 Mar 25 – May 6 gency Clinic after hours. Jul 29 - Sep 9 May 27 – July 8 Rhonda Buxton, DVM Sep 30 - Nov 11 Jul 29 – Sept. 9 Sep 30 – Nov. 11 Level IA Cooking (Pre-requisite: Successful comple- for the tion of Level 1) Tuesday 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm Mar 21 - May 2 May 23- Jul 11 (closed July 4) Jul 25 - Sep 5 Sep 26 - Nov 11 Thursday 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm CGC c The following classes are given on an ‘as requested’ schedule. There must be 4 stu- dents registered for the class. Prancing Paws Crossover K-9’s Goumet Canine 2nd Edition Now available at these locations: Therapy Partners, Inc. 3301 9th Ave. Harrison Brothers Hardware 124 South Side Square Mar 23 - May 4 May 25 - Jul 13 New classes may be added and times Salon Ka Terra Jul 27 - Sep 7 and days changed throughout the year. 900 Bob Wallace Ave. Sep 28 - Nov 9 Please check our website for the most current information. Level II (Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Level 1, 1A or Crossover K-9’s) For information call c Wednesday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Mar 22 - May 3 256-536-7123 or check our website at Fun, easy recipes to May 24 - Jul 5 delight your canine Jul 26 - Sep 6 www.KindHearts.org companion. Sep 27- Nov 8 10 Spring 2006 Therapy Partners, Inc. -- What’s New Yes, I want to participate in the wonderful work done by Therapy Partners, Inc. 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In memory of _____________________________________________________ $500 and above: Top Dog/Top Cat In honor of _______________________________________________________ $250 - $499: Dog/Cat Please notify the following person(s) of my gift: $100 - $249: Puppy/Kitten Name:____________________________________________________________ Other Address:__________________________________________________________ City:______________________________ State:__________ Zip:____________ Donations may be made through the Combined Federal Campaign (#9028) Therapy Partners, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation. All donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law. Therapy Partners, Inc. 3301 9th Ave. Huntsville, Alabama 35805 The Next Room - Millie Hello! My name is Millie. Some of chauffeur must sign in and let every- you may know me from my many one know we have arrived. It is here television spots or from newspaper that my job begins. Everybody there articles. I have this job that I love to wants to pet me, and I work the do and I want to tell you all about it. room. To start off my day I go to work with When I get off the elevator I meet the nice lady who drives me every- with Michelle and Beth, my tour where. (Just call her my chauffeur) I guides for the day. Of course, they consider it my trip to the day spa. I rub my belly. I know this sounds like get a nice massage, bath , fluff, curl a dream job but really the best is yet and a manicure. Once I have pam- to come. It is then that I get to visit stand beside their bed and softly kiss pered, I take a short nap to get ener- the children in their rooms. This their hand. Naturally, I oblige. gized. makes me extremely happy!! My fa- After visiting all the children, I still Although the day spa is great, my vorite things in the world are being have one last stop. The nurses and work at the Pediatric floor of Hunts- outdoors, chasing birds and loving staff who take care of the children ville Hospital puts pep in my step on children. I always approach them must have their turn to tickle my and wags in my tail. I know when very sweetly usually only giving tummy. After a few last pets, I yawn the chauffeur comes to get me in her them a small kiss. I can tell from their very politely and head back to take Therapy Partners uniform after my reaction what I must do next. Most a little snooze and reflect on the day, nap I am truly in for a treat. The want me to get on the bed with them knowing that I have made a differ- whole way there my tail just wags and in return for my kisses they pet ence in the life of a child. What more uncontrollably. I always start my job my fluffy fur. Occasionally there are could a dog or chauffeur ask for? with a visit to the gift shop. My a few children who just want me to Millie, partner of Deanna Bayless 11 Non-Profit Organization US POSTAGE PAID HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA PERMIT #842 Therapy Partners, Inc.™ 3301 9th Avenue Huntsville, AL 35805 Mark Your Calendar Paws Up to ... Spring 2006 To First Community Senior Select for sponsoring our September Charity Page in The Huntsville Times. Mar 11 Look for our Charity Page in David Kerley with Encore Lawn Care (883-5080) for The Huntsville Times keeping our facility grounds neat and trim. Mar 19 Interviews for new Interns Karen’s Frame Shop for their expertise and donation May 1-7 Be Kind to Animals Week of materials. May 7-13 National Pet Week Vinnie Gracchi for networking our computers. May 21-27 National Bite Prevention Week Jun 23 National Take Your Dog to Diane Strickland for redesigning our brochure. Work Day To DirectBuy for sponsoring our December Charity Page in The Huntsville Times. 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