Theo found his forever home with the Storer family of St. Marys, Ohio. His handler, Jess, will complete his CGC and therapy training. Theo is beginning to work in local nursing homes and hospitals, visiting those who would benefit from the love and comfort that therapy dogs provide. Theodore will be representing the "Anything is Pawsable" program during these visits. He will continue to come to K9to5 Doggy Daycare to play with his friends on a regular basis. He was trained by Jess and donated in June of 2020.
Tucker was placed with the Keenan family of Cleves, Ohio. Abby, 24 year old daughter of Janet and John Keenan, has autism and finds great joy and comfort in her new best friend. Abby loves to take him on walks, go to the dog park, and stick her feet in the pool as Tucker splashes around. Tuckers' addition to the Keenan family eases some of Abby's stress, teaches her life skills, expands her communication skills, and assists in improving and increasing her social interactions. Tucker was trained by Lexi and donated in July of 2020.
Wallen was placed with the Gratsy family of the Dayton area. He is incredibly happy with his new home with Andrew, Kara, and their adorable kids! Wallen will provide this family with emotional support to aid areas of stress and PTSD in their foster children, as well as using his alerting skill to provide necessary assistance. We all feel that Wallen will continue to be an amazing, loving, and helpful addition to their family. He was trained by Kylee and donated in June of 2020, and passed his CGC test in July of 2020.
Frankie found his forever home with the Dicke family of Mendon, Ohio. Zachary Dicke is the second oldest of four children. He is an 18 year old senior in high school with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Zach has been chair bound since the age of 11.5. Frankie gives Zach a best friend at home and will provide emotional support during doctors visits. He will also help alert the family when Zach needs help. Frankie was trained by Mackenzie and donated in July of 2020.
This precious mini bernedoodle was discounted to us by Southern Sweet Paws of New Philadelphia, Ohio to assist us in making a dream come true! She was donated to Lexi Rammel of St. Marys, Ohio. Lexi is a 15 year old girl with Ewing Sarcoma Cancer. Presley will be helping Lexi cope with ongoing chemo treatments and recovery. Presley brings comfort and motivation to her handler when she needs a pick me up and accompanies her to all of her treatments, appointments, and even to school!
Boston is a male golden-labradoodle who was donated to us at 8 weeks old by Erin Chrisman of Montezuma on February 26th, 2021. Boston was donated to Chad Sapp and his family at the end of his training with us. He will be accompanying Chad to work for Mercer County Educational Services when he is not at home with Chad, his wife, and their two daughters. Boston greets all the kids at school and helps them through the frustrations they encounter during class with his calming presence.
Percy is a St. Berdoodle who was donated to us at 13 weeks old by Candy Prowant of Wapak. Perseus was donated on February 26th, 2021. He is being trained for therapy work in rehab centers. He has been paired with Kristin, one of our full time trainers to start bringing comfort and happiness into people's lives while living happily with his family.
Lilly is a female Golden Retriever who was discounted to us by Renee Kelch of Cloverdale, Ohio. She found her forever home with Brandon. Brandon is a Navy veteran who suffers from PTSD. Therefore, Lilly will provide emotional support for Brandon and will accompany Brandon to his doctor and counseling appointments. Lilly is trained in deep pressure therapy and behavior interruption. Lilly has already provided great amounts of joy and companionship to her family and everyone she meets.
Samoa is a female bernedoodle that was donated to us by Melissa Winner of Bellefontaine, Ohio at 12 weeks old on July 19th. This lovely canine was donated to Jill Applebee In November of 2021. Jill works for a middle school in an at-risk community and Sami accompanies her to work, brightening the day of all of her students. Samoa makes her rounds through the classroom daily and receives lots of hugs, pets, and treats throughout her day. Not only does she bring tons of happiness and compassion to the classroom setting, she also provides Jill with a best friend at home that motivates her every day.
Oreo is another one of Poppi and Johnny's aussiedoodle puppies born through our Pawsatively Perfect Poodles and Doodles Program. He is being trained as a service dog for Nate Angell of Sidney, Ohio. Oreo is being trained to pass his CGC so he can accompany Nate to public places that he often feels extreme amounts of discomfort and distress. He will also learn behavior interruption and deep pressure therapy to stop and de-escalate any issues that Nate may face.
Lewis is a german bernedoodle puppy who is being trained for Lillieanna, who is an Autistic, non-verbal girl with ADHD. Lewis is learning to help Lillieanna in many different ways. Just his presence helps calm her during therapies, but he has also learned deep pressure therapy to calm her during these times, as well as during any outbursts of strong emotions. Having Lillieanna pet Lewis or give him treats when she becomes upset helps keep the meltdowns from escalating and he'll even give her hands kisses which helps redirect her attention. Lewis is learning to alert Lillieanna's mom, Megan, by barking when Lillieanna trys to sneak outside without adult supervision. Lewis has already become a very helpful tool and loved member of the Wise family, but will continue working towards his CGC and perfecting his tasks as a service dog. Lewis passed his CGC in May of 2023.
Rider is a standard poodle puppy from Johnny x June's 2022 litter who has been trained as a service dog for the Caskey family. Not only is Rider working in frequent visits to Dayton Children’s Hospital, but he also excels in several tasks. Rider is trained in deep pressure therapy as a response to several issues. He provides deep pressure therapy to comfort the parents during tough and emotional times, as well as for Astoria during seizures and colder seasons. When Astoria has her seizures, the pressure of Rider laying across her, and the ability to be able to grasp at his fur for tactile stimulation, helps bring her out of the seizure. Astoria also has problems regulating her body temperate, so Rider is able to act as a warm weighted blanket for additional heating. Riders’ most important task of them all is alerting when her feeding tube and oxygen need attention. When he hears these alarms, he will alert Christina by touching her hand with his nose until she addresses the issue. Rider has already proved himself more than capable of these tasks, and is working very hard to be the best he can be for his family. Rider passed his CGC in March of 2023.
Hank is a medium sized labradoodle from Hudson Pups. Hank was trained as a service dog for Kellie Gravitt from the Dayton area. He passed his CGC in December of 2022, and is trained as a seizure alert dog to press a button to notify Kellie’s family when she has a seizure, and gently coax her awake and comfort her after the event using licking and deep pressure therapy. He notices signs of a seizure such as gentle arm flailing, falling, and groaning noises and uses these to determine whether or not an alert is necessary.
Ann-E is a bernedoodle x Great Pyrenees mix trained as a therapy dog for the Mercer County Juvenile Court to pick up on stress and anxiety in the children and bring some comfort and joy. Annie passed her CGC test at 17 weeks old in October of 2022. She is also trained in deep pressure therapy and behavior interruption for shaking legs, nail picking, nail biting, and crying. This is a skill that mimics a weighted blanket and helps soothe major emotions. Annie has been trained to notice signs of anxiety, anger, and sadness, and apply deep pressure by laying across their body or interrupting the behavior with a nudge or a lick.