To Contact any WTTD Team Member email: info4WTTD@gmail.com

Current WTTD Members

  Anne Weiss – [Director]  and partner:  TEVA

Anne would love to introduce you to Teva, a rare 13 lb Coton de Tulear.  Teva was recommended by dog friends who knew Anne was looking for an adult, female Coton who would be a wonderful therapy dog.  She was brought in by a truck driver, and  met  at the Olive Garden at midnight.  Teva is everything a therapy dog can be...loves children and adults, goes to schools, hospitals, the airport, loves one-on-one visits...in fact, there is nothing this little girl doesn't like. And if you would like a visit by a very special dog, please call us. Teva can handle any visit with a wagging tail.  We would both LOVE to meet you.

 
  Jo Anne Fusco – [Asst. Director & Evaluator]
and partner:  BOSS
Tanglewood’s Stylin by Hugo Boss, aka Boss, has done a great job in following in his brothers (Kickers) footsteps.  Big shoes to fill I must add!   He always has a smile on his face and has personality plus! Boss, along with Kicker, started the animal assisted therapy program at The West Clinic Cancer Center.   Boss also loves visiting The Exceptional Foundation where he often goes to work with his handler and owner, Jo Anne, aka JoJo. One of the many tricks that he has learned is Stop, Drop and Roll and his most famous trick of all, sneezing on command!    Boss is a registered READ Dog and enjoys the kids reading to him at various libraries and the Early Learning Center at Temple Israel.  On the weekends you might spot Boss and other teams at the Memphis International Airport, greeting travelers with a great big smile.   Boss is the ideal therapy dog and brings joy to everyone he meets!
  Ann Adler – [Treasurer] and partner:  LEXIE
Lexie is a Labradoodle who lives with Ann. She has unusual green eyes and is caramel colored. Lexie loves her weekly visits to LeBonheur Children's Hospital where she puts lots of smiles on the faces of children, parents and staff.  Lexie's most favorite thing to do is retrieve a toy or a ball. Lexie is quite a good swimmer and loves to play with other dogs.  Visiting LeBonheur has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done and has strengthened the bond between Lexie and me.
  Jan Wertz –[Board Member] and partner MAGGIE

Miss Maggie is Jan's new Therapy Dog Partner. 

Maggie was given to Jan when her prick ears made it plain she would never really succeed in the Conformation Ring.  At the time she arrived at Jan's home, Maggie was two and a half years old.  Sweet and beautiful, her training and socialization began immediately.  Five months later, she passed her evaluations and began her Therapy Dog duties at a local Hospice.  Most of her visits there have been with the families and friends of residents in the Hospice.  Visits with Maggie provide respite for those visiting a loved one.  Jan's favorite thing is seeing her gorgeous partner making smiles with people in a very stressful, frequently sad, situation.
  Peg Holton – [Evaluator] and partner:  MAXX E.
Maxx E. is a Great Pyrenees rescue from the Memphis Animal Shelter. When he was pulled from the shelter in 2009 not much was known about his past other than he was very underweight and heartworm positive. He spent his first summer with Peg going through heartworm treatment and learning how nice a warm dog bed and two daily meals are. Since then he has accepted his fate as a spoiled, well fed and loved family pet.  Maxx E. is the epitome of a gentle giant. He is a very laid back quiet dog that loves to be petted and brushed. He loves children but most especially when they are lying on the floor watching T.V. This gives him an opportunity to cuddle up next to them and remind them to pet him with an occasional "pyr paw". He gets along with all dogs but has a warm spot for the little ones, the smaller the better.  Peg was familiar with therapy dogs and had toyed with the idea but her other dog is rather old and a bit of a grouch - Bentley just didn't have the personality for it. As she got to know Maxx E. and his gentle soul, she realized he had the personality to work as a therapy dog and he would love doing it. He has made a few trips to visit Peg's father at his nursing home. When he goes to visit everyone wants Maxx E. to stop in to seeing them. He will oblige in his quiet gentle way every time. Peg and Maxx E. look forward to sharing their time with others who could use a smile and a big furry head to pet.
Supporting Members:

Dixon Parnell; Catherine Talbot

  Alene Alexander and partner:  PRINCESS MARY ELIZABETH GRACE 
Mary Grace is truly an angel! She is with me as many hours in a day as I can allow. She speaks to you with her eyes. She is every little girls' living doll as she wears bows in her hair and braids. She loves to ger her hair combed and she will ride all day in a stroller. Mary Grace is a black and white Shih Tzu that was found in a distribution warehouse. She was matted, frightened and hungry. A lady named Mary was able to catch her with a peanut butter sandwich, thus the name Mary. She was dropped off at Eastgate Animal Hospital as no one could keep her. I received a call that a dog had been dropped off and did I want to go get it. Without seeing her, I went to get her and found an angel. The name Grace comes from her attitude and her royal presence. Whe wears the title Princess. The name Elizabeth came from having her watch the royal wedding with me and all the royalty has many names. We are so excited to be part of WTTD. I knew for a long time that this angel should be shared.
  Robert Ackerman and partner: LITTLE MAN
Little Man is a pure bred Maltese Poodle. Now that perked up your ears! The reason is simple; Little Man is a loving addition to my life.  His breed is of no significance to me.  He came into my world at 8 weeks old.  I was battling a long term illness and needed a diversion.  In other words Little Man became therapy to me.  We did everything together living on a small pond in Mississippi.  Together we spent time at a houseboat harbor where he was welcomed by all and all new his name.  It so happened that I became a helicopter pilot before he entered my world and when he was 10 weeks old he became my co-pilot. At 5000 feet altitude 120 miles an hour he would poke his nose out of the vent window pinning every hair on his cute little head straight back then snort in the smells… he loved it and we flew many miles together.  Forward to my sick times - Little Man was always there no matter how I felt or looked.  Then GOD stepped in and gave me a second chance.  After recovery many things had changed but Little Man had not. It took little time to decide our fate.  Give back to others what he did for me.  We enrolled at Dogwoods for obedience training and found Therapy Dogs, Inc.  for certification. Our first mission was to volunteer at the Methodist Hospital where I was a patient.  Little Man is a great companion to break the ice. If needed, I can talk with patients about my experiences and be visual proof that recovery is possible.  As for Little Man I find it amazing how his fame has spread. As we walk the hallways people speak his name.  We are just now spreading our wings to other facilities. The future should be rewarding and a true service to people in need.
  Mr. & Mrs. William Adams and partner: BOBBY
Meet "Kered Behind Every Name" (BOBBY). He is a brown-red Pembroke Wesh Corgi with red/white markings. Bobby is a former show dog from West Palm Beach, FL, who did not particularly like the show ring. We adopted him in 2011 and could not have wished for a better dog. He is a loving pet with a wonderful disposition and a calm manner. He is very poplar with the residents in our Trezevant retirement community. He enjoys interacting with everyone he meets. Bobby has transitioned into a wonderful Therapy Dog.
  Dee Anne Blair and partner: JACKSON

Jackson, a British Labrador Retriever, along with his owner, Dee Anne Blair, are joining West TN Therapy Dogs after spending the past year as a therapy team with an out-of-state organization.  Jackson loves his visits with the senior citizens at Solana, Heritage Place, and South Breeze.  Jackson enjoys taking long walks, going for rides in the truck and the boat at Pickwick, playing with our young grandchildren, as well as playing with other dogs at the park.  He loves to eat, sleep, fetch and chase squirrels.  Jackson is an AKC Canine Good Citizen, and hopes to expand his visits to include schools and special events.

  Betty Buchignani and partner:  BAILEY 
Bailey is a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and has been an “unofficial” therapy dog since birth.  He has brought so much comfort and joy to the people he has met.  From children to seniors, everyone smiles and wants to interact with him when they meet.  The more people the happier he is!  It wasn’t until March of 2013, after I retired, that I read a notice in the newspaper about becoming a therapy dog team. We enrolled in the Beginners obedience class at Dogwoods.  Bailey progressed through obedience and Canine Good Citizen classes, and passed those respective tests.  Bailey also spent two weeks at ProTrain, a fantastic training program.  During March 2014, we successfully mastered the required skills and aptitude evaluation to become an official Therapy Dog Team.  Bailey and I, as a team, look forward to visiting and bringing joy to those in the many facilities in the Memphis area.  I want to thank all the wonderful people and therapy teams who have encouraged and supported us so we could become a Therapy Dog Team.
  Constance Cherny and partner:  ZORAYA
Zoraya is a Cane Corso (pronounced KAH-NAY KOR-SO), who shares her home with Constance. They have recently been certified through ATD in March 2013 as a therapy team. Zoraya is very laid back, great with children and loves to shake paw to hand. She frequently accompanies Constance to work and socialize with preschool aged children. Zoraya was picked from the breeder for the potential to do therapy work and she has earned her title as a therapy dog. Zoraya is a conformation dog and now has her Grand Championship title(Ch.) She has already earned her Canine Good Citizen title(CGC). With her striking presence and soulful eyes, Zoraya is always the talk of the room. Zoraya is definitely a gentle giant and an ambassador for the breed.
  Ron and McKenzie Cohen with partner: Roswell 
Roswell "Roz" is an English Springer Spaniel with a kind heart and loving disposition; all she wants to do is be loved on all day.  She is nine years old and has been with Mommy McKenzie since she was three months old.  In her early years, Roz tested her mother's patience with her tremendous amount of energy and constant need for love and attention.  As Roz continued to train McKenzie, they learned to spend lots of time learning new tricks and exercising; Roswell loves to be challenged to try new things.  Roswell and McKenzie moved to Memphis in 2007 where they adopted Roz's canine sister Shelby, a rescue lab mix.  In 2010, Ron and McKenzie met and it was instantly the family they'd all been searching for.  Roswell is registered with Alliance for Therapy Dogs (formally Therapy Dogs Incorporated) and works well with children and adults.
  Kait Duckett and partner: SCOUT
This is Scout. He is a Doberman Pinscher. He is very friendly and has a lot of love and energy to share. He started basic obedience classes when he was about 6 months old and quickly progressed to earning his CGC and therapy dog certification. He is very smart and loves learning new tricks. His favorite activities are playing fetch, as well as running around and swimming at Shelby Farms. Scout is excited to be a member of West Tennessee Therapy Dogs.
  Pete Friedman and partner:  TESSA
Tessa is an English Golden Retriever - the other half of her therapy team is Pete. Tessa was certified by Therapy Dogs, Inc. in November 2012. She loves kids, adults, dogs and cats and to be petted.  As soon as she puts on her ATD vest Tessa knows it is time to smile and be loved.  She wags her tail every time she approaches another child or adult knowing she will make their day (and hers) a bit better.  Tessa was trained by Amy Lear and Meredith Caver and received her K9 Good Citizen at 8 months. She did her first therapy session with the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf in January 2013 working with the oldest kids (5 years old) first. Next she was one of WTTD’s teams to be cleared and approved for therapy work at Memphis International Airport in the Fall of2013.  Since then she has made numerous trips to the concourses to meet and greet travelers.  Tessa's mother Annie of Tanglewood Kennels of Charlotte, NC is also a therapy dog.
  Paula Gentry and partner: HAPPY 
Happy is a labradoodle. He, on the other hand, is a “party animal”! He loves every breathing thing – kids, grown-ups, cats and dogs. He loves to be in a room full of people. Wherever we go, people say he has the perfect name because he is always so "happy". Happy is now visiting Kings Daughters and Sons Nursing Home.
  Don Gold and partner: CRICKET 
Cricket is a 2 year old rescue Puli (HUNGARIAN SHEEP DOG) who is a fantastic Therapy dog and loves children, adults and other dogs. She works hard for the money as when she was delivered to us after 3 previous wrong homes is a welcome addition to our family.  On the day of her arrival at our house, she started trianing to herd both sheep and ducks like our beloved L.E. who was #1 most tiltled herding Puli in the world. She has big paw prints to fill but most important she has found her forever home.
  Dorothy Goldwin and partner:  LEO
Leo is a caramel colored, big green-eyed labradoodle who loves life and lives with Dorothy. He never meets a stranger, has such a kind spirit, laid back and goofy in a good way. Leo loves children, seniors and other dogs. With all the joy he brought to Dorothy, it was obvious to her for Leo and Dorothy to become a therapy team. Leo loves to run around the dog park at Shelby Farms and go on long walks in the neighborhood. One of his favorite activities is driving around with his hair blowing in the wind.  Leo received his Canine Good Citizenship Certificate and was recently certified through ATD as a therapy dog. Leo looks forward to his visits at Lebonheur Children’s Hospital, Ava Maria Home and other facilities. He smiles as he brings joy to others.
  Lydia Nichole Green and partner: MYKLETI 
Mykelti (pronounced: muh-kell-tee) is an Australian Shepherd. Her beautiful coat pattern is called, Blue Merle. She has one brown eye, and one uniquely colored eye that is half blue and half hazel. She was born on 1-27-11, exactly one year to the date from her big brother Ranger, who is a retired therapy dog. When we were told that they shared the same birthday, we knew it was meant to be! Mykelti also shares her home with several senior cats, and a retired racing Greyhound that her family recently adopted, Phoebe. Mykelti and Ranger are hoping that Phoebe follows in their paw prints and becomes a therapy dog as well! Mykelti is an absolute love-bug; she delights in visiting with everyone she meets, young or old! She began training for therapy work as an 8 week old puppy, and went on to pass her Canine Good Citizen test in 2012. Mykelti trained in both Agility, Rally, and Obedience at Dogwoods and SCOC. She is registered through Alliance of Therapy Dogs, and also Intermountain Therapy Animals' R.E.A.D. program. Lydia has been a registered therapy dog handler, and a member of R.E.A.D since 2011. Both Mykelti and Lydia love volunteering with WTTD! Mykelti enjoys weekly visits to Trezevant Manor. She also delights in visiting schools, special events, and other facilities in our community. Her sweet, cheerful personality warms the hearts all she meets!
  Ansley Guenther and partner:  BESSIE
Ansley is originally from South Carolina and is a graduate of Brenau University in Gainsville, Georgia. She moved with her husband of 21 years to Memphis in 1996. Since that time she has been a volunteer at Hope House and Le Bonheur hospital. Last year Ansley was nominated for mid-south volunteer of the year for her work at Hope House.Bessie is a 20 month old Wheaten Terrier born in Nashville, TN. She was the only female in a litter of eight. While Bessie is not a show dog, both of her parents are champions. She loves to play in the water and to be petted. She also loves to play chase with other dogs. Bessie is always in a cheerful mood and brings joy to those around her. For several years, Ansley has been working with pet therapy teams at Le Bonheur as part of her volunteer work. It became a natural to train Bessie as a therapy dog.
  Tonia Hanson and partners:  SONNY & COOPER
Sonny is an older Weimaraner rescue that has gone through heart worm treatment and also stem cell treatment for his severe arthritis. Sonny lost 30 lbs and today he is a marvelous, friendly dog with a gift that will allow him to be a wonderful therapy dog. Sonny has worked as an ambassador for Weimaraner Rescue of the South at several adoption days. Tonia is very active in rescue, and currently is serving as VP of Weimaraner Rescue of the South. They are a very special team.  Cooper is a min-pin mix and was rescued from a neglect situation. Tonia adopted him in 2007 and he became therapy dog in 2011. They enjoy visiting senior centers and with older children. Tonia and Cooper are active in dog rescue and adoption advocates. Tonia volunteers with several local adoption groups.
  Linda Harris and partner:  JACK 
Jack was adopted by Linda in 2009 through Guardian Angels Pet Rescue.
He is a wonderful sweet Pomeranian who is a friend to everyone he meets. He loves attention, but is very calm and rarely barks. Linda previously owned Papillons and trained them to compete in agility competitions. Although Jack will never be an agility dog, he is a great therapy dog. He brings joy everywhere he goes, and can't wait to meet new friends!
  Richard Herbert and partner: LILY
Lily is a Coton de Tulear and we have been together since she was six weeks old. She is full of life with baby seal eyes. She got her first training with one hour every other day at Lowes Hardware introducing her to the sights and sounds, parents with children, people on walkers, wheel chairs, shopping carts, dollys and moving equipment making beeping noises, just as you would encounter at a hospital or a nursing home.  We then moved on to therapy classes finishing her training. I trained her so that when we go out to visit she will not bark, lick, or jump. She obtained her Canine Good Citizens award and received her State Certified Therapy Dog certificate and best of all we joined with WTTD. We then noticed that she became a magnet for children, and loved working with special needs children, such as deaf children, sick children, and upset children at airports..  She had a calming effect on them, as well as adults who become anxious about flying and she made everybody smile and laugh by giving them high fives.  The children love giving her commands such as sit, lie down, and of course giving high fives, plus on my command she will stand up on her hind legs and walk backwards. She loves chasing squirrels that are running on the top of fence lines, adding she would not know what to do with them if she did catch one, and she enjoys playing with her best dog friend, Murphy. We visit about five different places where she performs fantastically as a Therapy Dog.
  Ron Hotchkiss and partner: Eli 
Eli didn't have the best start in life. A person with criminal intent decided to use Eli's pedigree to use  him as stud dog for criminal dog fighting. Luckily for Eli his former owner liked to brag and bragged to a neighbor who was a TBI agent and got into trouble. We were fortunate enough to get Eli as a result and from day one one he has been the typical child loving and loyal class clown pit bulls are known for. American pit bull terriers naturally have outstanding temperament and score better than 95% of all other dog breeds in temperament test. Eli is no exception. The bad rap the breed gets is media hype based on the abuse they get from criminals that take advantage of the dogs superior physical strength,  intelligence, and unwavering loyalty which makes them a target to be used for criminal dog fighting. The breed is actually a victim of his own loyalty with his unwillingness to quit any task his master ask of him. Because of Eli's gentle nature, it was with the recommendation of neighbors who are nurses at St Jude's and Methodist hospitals that we use Eli as therapy dog, not only to help people but also show what gentle dogs pit bulls really are. He passed his test with a perfect score. Eli's hobbies include playing with my grand daughter for hours every day, playing with doggie friends and children in the neighborhood and hunting. He loves hunting rabbit, deer or any game that moves including squirrels and raccoons, and has even climbed trees to chase them. Pit bulls are bred to work and Eli certainly loves working, especially when loving people is involved.
  Bobbie Lepper and partner:  CHICKIE
Born and raised in the western Maine mountains, Chickie made the big move to Memphis in late 2011 along with his owner, Bobbie, after being rescued from less than stellar conditions.  After settling into a development of extremely friendly people, Chickie soon discovered that barking at front doors worked even better than a doorbell  and would gain him entrance to receive all the petting and fawning any one dog could enjoy!  A natural born therapy dog, Chick always seems to know which door to go to and who will benefit from his services the most.  A career as a therapy dog was certainly called for and after carefully sniffing through his options, he arrived at WTTD ready to go to work.  Chickie's most favorite place to visit is Methodist Hospice, where he is quick to find a spot on any bed where he can listen to stories and share secrets with his new friends.  His adoring mom is extremely proud to announce that Chickie can soon be seen in the new Hottest Hounds of Memphis book that supports the Humane Society of Memphis while showing off some of Memphis' most adorable hounds!
  Sue Myers and partner:  SOPHIE

Sophie and Sue became a registered therapy dog team and member of WTTD in the spring of 2014. Sophie is a shih tzu rescue, and Sue is a retired teacher. Sophie loves to settle right down beside the new friends she is making, both young and old. She and Sue make weekly visitis at Methodist DeSoto Hospital, Silvercreek Retirement Community in Olive Branch, and Olive Branch Elementary School where they meet with kindergarten and first graders in small groups to help create positive school experiences. Sue and Sophie have also made visits upon request to friends and acquaintances who are convalescing from surgeries, experiencing chemo, and are in the grieving process. Sophie's wagging tail and cuddling personality make her welcome in a variety of venues.

  Margee Mays and partner:  LIEBCHEN (Liebby)
Liebchen, German for sweetheart, is a beautiful long-hair German Shepherd. She was bred at the prestigious Von Jordan Haus kennels of LeRay, TN. Although thoroughly trained in obedience and agility.  Liebchen is a true "Social Butterfly" Her best friend is a 5 yr. old named Colton, which helps explain her special love for children!  She also loves spending time with her 2 "brothers" - Cheyenne and Blaze- palomino quarter horses. She has earned her CGC and is registered through Therapy Dog, Inc.  Liebby enjoys her regular visits at the FedEx Family House and also visiting with area preschools.
  Juana McCoy and Partner: Delilah
Lilah started her first career as a show dog.  She traveled the country gathering her championships.   She is an AKC champion, as well as , a Cavalier King Charles Club of America champion.  Her name is There Goes Delilah of Shirlwood Cavaliers from Dallas Texas.   It is not uncommon among female show dogs, that once they have their championships they are retired from the ring they are allowed to have two litters of puppies and then the search is on for a forever home begins.   Lilas's owner/breeders were intent on finding a person with a highly elevated sense of the place a dog should play in the home and world; a home where she would be pampered for the rest of her life and usurp the place of anyone else in the house.  .Bingo! Match! That's how Lilah and I came to be  together  two years ago.  She and Harry, my male Cavie quickly bonded and the family was complete. I am also retired from my first career and was looking for a way to serve my  community in a one on one way.  It dawned on me that Lilah was used to lots of different people, crowds, unusual and changing circumstances and yes loud noises.   She always walks to my left and on a loose lead was no problem at all.   Together with her extremely laid back, sweet personality it seemed like the therapy team world was for us and we began our journey. We took  obedience and therapy classes.  One of the hardest things for her was plain ole sit and stay.  She had been taught not to. Can you imagine a dog sitting down on the judging table?  Finally we passed our test and were officially certified a therapy team.  I don't think I was as proud of my son when he graduated from law school!  We go to St Peter's Villa, a nursing home,  every Saturday.  I must say Lilah is very good at her job.  She very politely approaches the lovely people in their wheelchairs.  She slithers up and places her head and paws on their laps.  She is very adept at using her charm, because after looking at those big expressive eyes and that sweet face, she usually ends up in their laps.  My part is to smile, hold the leash and think yes, There Goes Delilah.

  Rachael Morrison and partner: Rudy 
Rachel and her partner, Rudy became members of WTTD in the fall of 2014. Rudy is an adorable little yorkie-poo with a very big attitude. Rudy enjoys meeting new people and going on adventures. In 2016, Rudy became a certified R.E.A.D. dog, and he loves going to Promise Academy Spring Hill where second grade students read to him. He has become quite the celebrity at school, and everyone is excited to see him each week! After school, Rudy loves to play with his friends at the dog park. Rachael and Rudy have also volunteered at the Women's prison as part of a program through the University of Memphis.
  Chris Nash and Partner: Barney
Barney is an 18 month old pure bred Border Collie, and comes from a long line of herding dogs. Barney loves to play ball and run as fast as he can. He excels at speed and agility work. Barney loves to give hugs and kisses, enjoys a good belly rub, and watching Dogs 101 on the Animal Planet. We are looking forward to visiting hospitals. Barney is excited to make new friends, spreading his love and goofy personality to brighten people’s days.
  Luciana Richer and partner:  OLLY
Olly is a Basset Retriever (Basset Hound x Golden Retriever) from Peekskill, NY. Since an early age, Olly has been a wonderful dog, always wanting to please everyone with her bubbly personality. She visited Central Park, NY a couple of times where Luciana, her Brazilian owner, would drive down to the Big Apple on weekends just to meet people and other dogs.  They moved to Memphis almost 3 years ago. Luciana got interested in therapy animals due to Olly's personality. Olly got her registration as a Therapy Dog in April, 2010 with flying colors. They visit St Jude Children's Hospital. They are also certified in the READ Program so they can go to visit libraries. Luciana is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and will use this in her READ work with the children. Olly's favorite pastimes are: visiting parks around Memphis specially Overton Park, hiking, swimming and traveling. Olly has been to Coney Island, Atlanta, New Orleans and Grand Canyon.
  Luciana Richer and partner: LOLA
  Lane Roberts & Grace (Jr. Handler) and partner: SCOUT
Scout Roberts is a British Lab that was trained by Grace Roberts, a student at Houston High School.  He became a registered therapy dog in July 2015, and has also completed his AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Scout and Grace are also certified with the Reading Education Assistant Dog program.  As a Junior Handler with WTTD, Grace launched “Reading Scouts” in 2015 in three area schools including:  Farmington Elementary, Dogwood Elementary, and Grahamwood Elementary.  Grace’s mom, Lane Roberts, is also a certified handler with WTTD, and the three enjoy reading with children each week.  When he is not reading, Scout enjoys playing ball and going on walks. Scout is a highly intelligent dog who can do lots of unique tricks, but he especially loves to meet new friends. 
  Ellen Rodgers and Partner: Annie
My name is Annie and I am a friendly black Lab. I have lived with my parents on a farm in LaGrange, TN, near the beach in Destin, FL and now we are back in Memphis,TN. I have worked very hard and was so excited to receive my therapy dog certification through ATD. I am proud to be a member of West TN Therapy Dogs. I am very excited about becoming a R.E.A.D. team member. I also want to visit schools, hospitals and Hospice. Along with my human parents I live with a cat, Alfie and a Bichon Frise, Lucy. My favorite activities are retrieving tennis balls, visiting Shelby Farms, and playing with children. I am extra gentle and sweet. I love everyone and have never met a stranger. I am looking forward to all of the new friends I am going to meet!!
  Larry Springer and partner:  JAKE
Jake is a golden retriever, with a spunky attitude and a love for Frisbee’s.  At 8 weeks it was love at first sight when Larry purchased him from a breeder in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Jake was a therapy dog for a short while at St. Mary's Hospital in Michigan before we moved to Olive Branch, Mississippi. Jake has been a therapy dog for just over a year in Mississippi. He very much enjoys his visits on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. Jude's Children's Hospital. He is just finishing orientation at LeBonheur Children's Hospital and will be starting supervised lobby visits soon.  Jake's buddy is 1 year old golden retriever, Zeke whom he has a tug of war with daily over their bones, balls or Frisbee’s. Larry is hopeful that Zeke will follow in Jake's footsteps and becomes a therapy dog with ATD also and will also join WTTD.
  Linda Staten and partner:  MISSY
Missy is a Labrador Retriever, who has lived with Linda since she was found as a puppy wandering the city streets of Memphis alone and scared.  She developed into a wonderful companion, excelling in obedience training and social settings. It was immediately evident that her intelligence, personality, and temperment would make her an ideal therapy dog. Through training at Tri County Obedience in Olive Branch, MS, Missy earned her CGC Certificate in June, 2010.  She completed all requirements for Therapy Dogs Inc. registration in January, 2012. Missy and Linda visitDiversicare of Southaven and LifePointe Village, both senior living facilities in Southaven, MS.  Whether she is chasing squirrels from the back yard, retrieving the morning newspaper from the driveway, or playing 'dead' for her nursing home regulars, Missy brings a smile to all those around her.
  Laurie Whiteley and partner: BRIXEY 
Brixey is an energetic, eager to please, Golden Retriever.  She loves to retrieve anything; toys, balls or sticks.   She often will lie at your feet with a toy or ball in her mouth waiting for you to throw it for her. If she’s not retrieving, she would prefer to cuddle next to you on the bed or couch.  She will remind you frequently that she needs petting with a nudge from her cold nose.
  Andrea Williford and partner:  SALLIE
Sallie is a Yellow Labrador Retriever, who shares her home with Andrea Williford and who has recently been certified through ATD. Sallie loves people and animals and looks forward to beginning visits at LeBonheur Children’s' Hospital. One of Sallie's favorite activities is going to Shelby Farms with her 3 sisters where she can swim, run, sniff, and dig until her heart is content.
  Cheryl Wood and partner:  JINX
Jinx is an affectionate Beagle who just loved her "visits" to my grandmother's nursing home from the time she was a puppy.  She became a registered Therapy Dog in 2009 and earned her Canine Good Citizen Certificate in 2010.  We were proud to join the WTTD team and ATD. in 2013.  Jinx and I are hospice volunteers with Crossroads Hospice and primarily visit with the elderly in nursing homes and memory care facilities.  Jinx is now a senior citizen herself but still gets excited and is ready to go whenever she hears the word "visit"! While Jinx has a special affinity to her elderly friends, she enjoys giving hugs to everyone she meets. 
  Cheryl Wood and partner: EMME

Miss Emmeline or "Emme" is a Standard Poodle Mix and quite the diva. I started her training immediately as a small puppy. She has passed her AKC Canine Good Citizen and is now a proud member of West TN Therapy Dogs. Emme gets excited as soon as I get her Therapy Dog vest out. We primarily visit the elderly at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. (Quince Nursing and Rehab, Southbreeze Assisted Living, Arbors Memory Care and Riverdale Assisted Living) She loves the many friends she has made with all of the patients and the staff. Emme is also a Crossroads Hospice Volunteer and gives great comfort to her special friends at the last stage of their lives. We look forward to many years as a West TN Therapy Dog Volunteer Team.

  George & Ginny Steffens and partner:  CHIEF
  Dr. Mark Bugnitz and partner: BELLA
  Laura Gildea and partner: GRIFTER 
  Cory Whipple and partners: DAISY and DUKE
  Bill Levy and partner: JAKE 
  Lourienne Long and partners: RUGER and MAVERICK
  Ron Lewis and partners: HAPPY and HOMER
  Raymond Williams and partner: SLICK
  Lynn Briggs and partner: POSH
  Sharon Dodson and partners BONNIE & TODD