|Linda Bickell and Mattie
Australian Shepherd Matti is an Australian Shepherd. We started visiting nursing homes when she was 2 years old. When she was 5, we became Pet Partners. Now we also work with children at the Indiana School for the Deaf, visit the children at Burn Camp, and meet with families who are between homes hosted by churches through the Indianapolis Hospitality Network. The dogs do not judge and that makes for a very touching experience.
|Laura Briggs and Rocky
Rocky was born in spring, 2014 and arrived as a stray. He had too-big ears on his 25-pound body. He’s “Rocky” for Rocky Road ice cream. When Bella died, I heard a radio inspiration: “when you are grieving … stand on your Rock.” Rocky! We worked hard for 3 months and passed our evaluation in March 2016. I learned a lot from Bella and Rocky loves children, too, so we’ll focus on helping children. Rocky is now 42 pounds and grew into his ears!
|Bruce Bultman and Maddie
Maddie is a 6-year-old Coton de Tulear and is always happy to visit with others. She is active and curious while “going with the flow”. Bruce has enjoyed visits with Piper so much that he wanted to be able to take Maddie on visits too when it made sense. The two of them passed the evaluation and are eager to work together.
|Bruce Bultman and Piper
Piper, a cream retriever, is sweet, energetic and enjoys people, attention, walks and play, and a good tummy rub. Piper also works to detect underground petroleum contamination at Aegis Environmental and participates in the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Cancer Project, which invests in science to advance veterinary care for companion animals, horses, and wildlife.
|Jane Bultman and Maddie
Maddie is a one year old Coton de Tulear. She’s a smart little dog with a cottony coat. Maddie is very sweet and can be mischievous. She is always ready for a good time or to jump in the car for an adventure. As her partner, I am excited to share her with others. I have wanted to visit with a therapy pet for 10 years and, when I found Maddie, I knew I had the perfect partner. I enjoy animals and have felt the positive effect they have on others for myself.
|Jane Bultman and Piper
Piper is a loving and fun dog, sharing her with others is so rewarding that I wanted to be a part of that experience through therapy dog visits. Working part-time allows me flexibility and I am excited to be on the team with Piper so she and I can visit during regular work hours. Piper visiting more will suit her well, she is always ready to go!
|Amber Burton and Dolly
Dolly, a very friendly and social short-haired St. Bernard, loves people. As an Indian Creek High School high school counselor, I plan to bring Dolly to school with me one day a week to work with students and to our Student Ambassadors club as part of our after-school opportunities. We live at Camp Allendale so Dolly likes to see the visitors who come to retreats. She’s happiest outdoors and meeting people.
|Sue Hartin and Mr. Chips
Chip is a Shih Tzu. When we brought him home at 8 weeks old, he had a serious little face and looked like a British head schoolmaster – “Mr. Chips.” Chip loves squeaky toys and is food-motivated. Chip’s chief skill is being cute. I wanted to share the happiness and laughter he provides my family. We visit Autumn Hills Alzheimers Residence in Bloomington and White River Lodge in Bedford.
|Dave Jaynes and Brody|
|Laura Kegerreis and Jag
Jag is an English Cream Golden Retriever with a friendly, outgoing disposition. Jag’s training took more than a year and a different approach in our training. I’ve learned a lot from Jag as he processes situations. Watching him overcome fears to finally pass the test in August was a joy-filled moment. I’m looking forward to working together and seeing the smiles he’ll bring to folks at Franciscan Health, Walk with a Doc, and other facilities.
|Laura Kegerreis and India (“Indy”)
India Joy is an English Cream golden retriever, which refers to the color of her coat. She was our surprise baby, joining the pack in Feb. 2017 at 4 months after her previous owner saw the love we had for her brother Jag. This lil girl has a sweet gentle disposition mixed in with a mischievous playful side. She loves people especially kids, chasing her sister and brother in the backyard, doing puzzles, and playing fetch.
|Jan Nowicki and Angel-Ariel Rose (deceased)
Ariel Rose is a black Labrador who was adopted from Johnson County Animal Control in Franklin, IN. She and Jan became registered Pet Partners in 2006. Ariel has participated in many therapy pet programs including Franciscan Health Indianapolis, Indiana School for the Deaf, and White River Library. Ari also helps to teach and prepare the new teams for therapy pet volunteering.
|Jan Nowicki and Gryphon
Gryphon was adopted from Moore Love Rescue in Greensburg, IN. He is also a black Labrador. He and Jan became registered Pet Partners in 2010. Gryphon volunteers with Jan at Indiana School for the Deaf, Franciscan Health Indianapolis, and White River Library. He especially enjoys helping with physical and occupational therapies.
|Jan Nowicki and Ruby
Ruby, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, was rescued by Lucky Lab Rescue before she was 2 years old. Ruby and Jan became registered Pet Partners in April 2015. After getting registered, Ruby developed epilepsy and liver disease. She’s now inspires people at Franciscan Health Indianapolis, The Hope Gallery, and White River Library.
|Jenny Ray and Webster
Webster came to us in February of 2018 as an almost 2 year old Newfoundland. He is a “gentle giant” in every sense of the term. He loves to be around people, especially children; which led us to becoming a Pet Partner team. After a year of work, we became a registered team in May 2019. Webster has never met a stranger and loves to make people smile. He always wants to be part of the action.
|Susie Sieferman and Bailey
Bailey is a tricolored Sheltie who was born on Valentine’s Day in 2012. He traveled all the way from Florida to join our family in Indiana on a snowy Christmas Eve that year. Bailey and Susie became Pet Partners in 2014. He enjoys his volunteer time at the White River library reading program.
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