Loved Past WTTD Members

  PENNY has passed over the Rainbow Bridge

Miss Penny THD left all 'penniless' and poor indeed when she departed this life. Working in an elder assisted living facility and in a hospice, she lifted spirits and made smiles where there hadn't been any. As a R.E.A.D. dog, she helped many children at the Library learn to enjoy reading. Many times Penny was the first dog a child had ever petted. She always conducted herself with the regal dignity the Shetland Sheepdog breed is known for. Penny is missed.


  Tobey Has Passed Over the Rainbow Bridge
Tobey and his owner, Deborah, were a registered therapy-dog team from 2005 to 2012. They visited hospitals, assisted living facilities, and the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, where Tobey was a popular Reading Education Assistance Dog. As a result of their volunteer work, Tobey and Deborah were featured on a poster at FedEx, where Deborah works. In 2012, Deborah retired Tobey as a therapy dog and moved from her condo to an acre and a half in Mississippi. Tobey enjoyed his retirement in the country until passing over the Rainboe Bridge at the age of 16.
Good dog, Tobey! We'll never forget you.

  Sammie has Gone to the Rainbow Bridge
Sammie is a rescued, senior Bearded Collie that was adopted by Anne after her nationally ranked Beardie, Andy, died. After a little detective work by Anne she discovered that Sammie and Andy came from the same well known breeder.  Anne was thrilled to have another Beardie and after a very short training period, Sammie started going to St. Jude.  The children referred to her as " the shaggy dog" and she also appeared in several publications advertising for St. Jude. Sammie's career was cut short by losing her hearing a few years later.... Sammy has now passed over the Rainbow Bridge. We miss you, Sammie.
  Kicker has passed over the Rainbow Bridge

Kicker and Jo Anne were a team for many years. Jo Anne states that "he was amazing at what he did and I was just lucky to be along for the ride." Kicker was one of the last remaining teams that started the program at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital years ago. Kicker was the only dog nominated as "Volunteer of the Year" at St Jude. He also started the pet therapy program at the West Clinic Cancer Center.   Some of his favorite visits were to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, The Exceptional Foundation, Temple Israel Early Learning Center and Memphis International Airport.  Kicker was invited to be introduced at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City in honor of his work as a therapy dog. Kicker was an amazing dog and is deeply missed.

  L.E. has passed over the Rainbow Bridge

L.E. became the #1 most titled stockdog PULI in the world as she competed at the advanced level on both sheep and ducks (21 titles). She qualified as a Therapy Dog and made visits to autistic children and nursing homes. L.E. entertained the Children at the Juvenile Detention Center every other Saturday. With her long cords and sweet personality she is a Super Star and everybody knows her name! L.E. will be missed!

  Chloe has passed over the Rainbow Bridge

Chloe was a bloodhound that began her life with Lisa Hiatt as a search and rescue K9 with a local Sheriff’s dept. . After noticing the soothing affect her huggable personality had at search scenes, she told Lisa that she would really love to visit people who needed a smile or encouragement on a difficult day. Chloe loved Lisa’s homemade liver cookies, hugs, ear rubs and loved to play fetch in the water. Chloe, you were loved and will be missed.

  Lucy has passed over the Rainbow Bridge

Lucy, was a senior golden retriever,and a highly accomplished field trial competitor.  Lucy retired after achieving the status of Field Champion and Amateur Field Champion.  After Lucy and Laurie both retired, it became important to them to give back after their successful careers.  LeBonheur was their first choice to volunteer.  Although Lucy was an enthusiastic competitor, she was also gentle, eager to please and loved the children at LeBonheur. Lucy, you were deeply loved and will be deeply missed.

  Tootsie is Retired and Enjoying the Easy Life

Tootsie retired on Dec. 31, 2016 at the age of 13 after serving as a Therapy Dog for over 8 years.She worked as a hospice volunteer and visited in nursing homes. Tootsie was also a valued R.E.A.D. Member and served at the Bartlett Library for over 5 years. >Thank you, Tootsie, for your many years of service. Enjoy your retirement.

  Lexie has passed over the Rainbow Bridge

Lexie was a Labradoodle who had unusual green eyes. Lexie loved her weekly visits to LeBonheur Children's Hospital where she put lots of smiles on the faces of children, parents and staff.  Lexie's most favorite thing to do was retrieve a toy or a ball. Lexie was quite a good swimmer and loved to play with other dogs.  Lexie you will be deeply missed

  Jinx has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge

Kyle's Jammin Jinx wasan affectionate Beagle who just loved her "visits" to my grandmother's nursing home from the time she was a puppy.  Jinx primarily visited with the elderly in nursing homes and memory care facilities.  Thank you for your 10 years of service.

  Teva has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge

Teva was a rare 13 lb Coton de Tulear.  Teva was everything a therapy dog can be...loved children and adults, went to schools, hospitals, the airport, loved one-on-one fact, there was nothing this little girl didn't like. She was a very special dog. Teva, you are deeply missed.

  Bailey has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge

Bailey was 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 wanted to interact with him when they meet.  The more people the happier he was!    I want to thank all the wonderful people and therapy teams who have encouraged and supported us as a Therapy Dog Team. Bailey was a wonderful Therapy Dog and we will miss you.

  Little Man has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge

Little Man was a pure bred Maltese Poodle. 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.  Amazingly, Little Man's fame has spread. As we walked the hallways people spole his name.   Little Man was a true service to people in need. Your love was contagious and you will be missed by many.

  Liebchien has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge
Liebchen, German for sweetheart, was 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 was a true "Social Butterfly" Her best friend was a 5 yr. old named Colton, which helps explain her special love for children!  She also loved spending time with her 2 "brothers" - Cheyenne and Blaze- palomino quarter horses.  Liebby enjoyed her regular visits at the FedEx Family House and also loved visiting the area preschools. Liebchen, we all miss you.
  Annie has Retired


Annie was a friendly black Lab. We were proud to be a member of West TN Therapy Dogs for many years. I have always been extra gentle and sweet. I loved everyone and never met a stranger. Thank you Annie for your service and we hope you enjoy your remaining years of liesure.