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TOJ Team Wins International Award!
Published on: 2/26/2009
Paul Rothberg and Marshmallow from Newington, CT are one of just four Pet Partners (therapy animal) teams being honored as winners in the international Delta Society Beyond Limits Award sponsored by Purina.
Your Stories: Woman, Dog Make Sick Children Feel Better
Published on: 7/3/2008
A Vernon woman and her dog, known as Claire and Bear, have come to be a bright spot for children during difficult times. "The kids will see him and they just seem to forget what's going on around them other than the dog," said Claire Rolando. Bear participates in a program called Pedi Pal, which is run by the Connecticut Visiting Nurses Association Partners. He visits children who are terminally ill, in hospice or have life-limiting diseases.
Connecticut VNA Partners’ Hospice Recognizes Very Special Volunteers During National Volunteer Week
Published on: 4/15/2008
Volunteer and TOJ Member Claire Rolando of Vernon Receives D.O.V.E. Award
Pet Partners Kathleen and Carlton in Cat Fancy
Published on: 11/1/2007
A Calming Presence
Therapy cats provide love and companionship to those who need it
Mtani Featured on Senator Lieberman's Website
Published on: 2/17/2005
Senator Lieberman honored Mtani (pronounced TAHnee – silent M) as one of CT's Best for his work as a Reading Education Assistance Dog for the program Tails of Joy.
Barbara Hubbard and Laddie featured in The Yale-New Haven Hospital Bulletin
Published on: 8/1/2004
Barbara Hubbard and Laddie featured in The Yale-New Haven Hospital Bulletin
Nashville Reading
Published on: 2/12/2004
Two boys read "The 300 Pound Cat" to Nashville, a Reading Education Assistance Dog, at the Mary Edwards Library in Willington.
Blind Obedience
Published on: 8/20/2003
TOJ member Sue Gagnon and Nashville, who is blind, were featured in a Journal Enquirer article about the challenges of training a visually impaired dog.
The Life of a Siamese Therapy Cat
Published on: 7/1/2004
Since becoming certified through the Delta Society as a therapy cat, Aspen has gone to 'work' a number of times at a local nursing facility, which is home to approximately 100 residents (4 floors). In an effort to not 'over work' him, we do 2 floors each visit.
UConn Life: Dog Therapy
Published on: 1/31/2017
Wrigley Goes to School
Rosie The Libarary Dog Day
Rosie at the Willimantic Public Library
Local Retirement Community Goes to the Dogs with Tails Of Joy
Published on: 1/15/2016
TOJ member Marilyn Douglas and her partner Beau visit senior residents of Belden Forest Court in Simsbury.