A Day in the Life of a Pet Therapy Dog...
Our Therapy dog visits are very much in demand because so many different venues are beginning to realize the important healing effects of our “heeling” partners. Some days the connection is stronger than others, but every day is rewarding in its own way.
We might be assisting with the reading of struggling children on one day and above grade children on the next. Our dogs don’t know the difference. All they see is a child who needs to have some loving and a little time. Dogs don't judge, they just love and listen! As a result, often students who have struggled to read, find reading more enjoyable, with the silent companion of a dog. Also children who have a fear of dogs are led to know that not all dogs are to be feared.
When visiting hospitals or nursing homes, nurses often comment on how dogs seem to be able to seek out the fragile patients who need special time and sit longer with them. We often see the miracle of a smile in a depressed or very sick patient. It is so emotional and rewarding for the handler too.
Rehabilitation centers also realize the importance of our canine friends and their visits. Many times a patient is unable to interact with their own pet and therefore this visit is so meaningful.
We know that smiles and attitude increase the ability to heal and our dogs and handlers are ready to aid in this process.
Meet Angie and her certified Therapy Dog Mater!
Mater is a Basset Hound, he was rescued by Angie and her family from an animal shelter in Missouri in 2010. He was sick, emaciated and heart worm positive. Now he's healthy and happy and enjoys bringing joy to others. Mater became a certified Therapy dog in 2013. Mater is also a reading assistance dog and participates in many literacy programs as well as visiting local schools, libraries, nursing homes and events throughout the Q.C.A. Mater loves people of all ages! When Mater's not working he loves boat rides, doughnuts, ice cream and naps! You can follow all of Mater's adventures on Facebook at
Meet Heather, and her certified Therapy Dog Iris!
Iris loves working at school with her mom where she gets to spend time with all the kids. When they aren't at school Heather and Iris enjoy visiting Manor care, Hand in Hand, Bettendorf and Fairmount Libraries, and many other community events.
Meet Cheri, and her certified Therapy Dog Abbey!
Abbey is 4 year old Golden Retriever. She came to live with her family when she was only 7 weeks old, and she weighed only 8.2 lbs! Abbey loves to play fetch, and will drop a ball at your feet when she’s ready to play. Abbey loves children of all ages and her favorite therapy dog visits are to libraries, nursing homes, schools and Hand in Hand.
Meet Tina and Herb, and their certified Therapy Dogs Millie and Lars!
Lars is an Old English Sheepdog. He was born on June 17th 2014 and weighed only 4 oz. He was the runt of the litter, but he now weighs 85lbs! However, Lars is a gentle giant! Lars' favorite games include Tug-O-War and Keep Away! His favorite season is the Icy Winter. Lars has been a certified therapy dog since July 13, 2015. Tina, Herb and Lars enjoy visiting Libraries, Assisted Living Centers and many special events throughout the Quad Cities!
Mille is a Giant Schnauzer She was born in Ohio, June 19, 2016. Millie is calm and curious. She really enjoys playing fetch. She loves stuffed animals and carries one around with her most of the time. Millie has been a certified Therapy Dog since July 26, 2017. Tina, Herb and Millie enjoy visiting Libraries, Assisted Living Centers and many special events throughout the Quad Cities.
Meet Amanda, and her certified Therapy Dog Sasha!
Sasha is a black lab/husky mix. She was born January 3, 2012 and was adopted from the Animal Aid Humane Society. Sasha loves chasing bright lights and shadows! (I think she's part cat!) She has been a therapy dog since April 2013. Amanda and Sasha enjoy visiting nursing homes, libraries, and special events. Sasha is a girly girl, so you will most likely find her with painted nails, bling on her forehead, and glitter painted stencils on her hips. She's definitely QC CAN's princess therapy dog!
Meet Sarah, and her certified Therapy Dogs Charlie and Captain!
Charlie is a Treeing Walker Coonhound that was rescued April 18th, 2012 at three years old. Charlie may be getting up there in age, but that doesn't slow him down from going on visits all over the Quad Cities! Charlie especially loves going to Hand-In-Hand and the Handicapped Development center. Whenever Mom pulls out his vest for him to go to work, he starts bouncing around like a puppy! Charlie is teaching Captain his ways of sleeping and relaxing on visits, but Captain doesn't always listen to big brother! Charlie often just lets out a sigh and goes back to sleep. He gets excited for "shrimpies," and Whitey's whipped cream as special treats. Charlie's favorite thing to do is nap-on the couch, in "his" king size bed, or with his Mom.
Captain is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix, more commonly called a "pit bull." Captain's "Gotcha Day" is June 6th, 2015, which makes him 5 years old. He is not shy at all, giving HUGE kisses (even though he shouldn't!) and noisy tail wags! Captain absolutely adores people and is the biggest love bug! He loves squeaky toys, and his eyes will get huge when he hears them squeak! Captain followed in his brother Charlie's footsteps to be a therapy dog in order to show everyone that the stereotypes of pit bulls aren't true! He loves being around children, and his favorite visits are the libraries and various community events. Captain honestly loves any event where he can give and get some lovin' and attention!
Meet Bonita, and her certified Therapy Dog Tabasco!
Tabasco is a rescue dog who is about 10 years old. Tabasco has been a therapy dog for two years. He is a regular visitor to the Handicapped Development Center and others as Mom's work schedule allows. His favorite activities are car rides, running in the woods, and retrieving anything you throw either in the water or on land. His favorite food is an over easy egg each morning (with the eggshell as an appetizer).
Meet Mary, and her certified Therapy Dog Duke!
Duke is a Great Dane. He was born on October 17, 2013. He loves dogs and people of all ages! His favorites things are massages, bacon, and snoozing on the couch. Duke and Mary visit “Fountain Senior Living Center and Edison Academy High School in Bettendorf. Duke loves story time when children pet him and read him stories.
Meet Professional Therapy Dog Bizou!
Hi, My name is Bizou. I am a black Labrador retriever. I was born on December 25th 2015. I am a Facility dog, otherwise known as a Professional Therapy dog. That makes me a little different that a pet therapy dog, because I was trained by QC CAN trainers since I was 8 weeks old. I was trained to perform tasks the same as a service dog, but unlike service dogs, I work for a group of individuals instead of just one. My primary job is working with students at Mid City High School. I also work with people at many other locations, and attend events with the other QC CAN pet therapy dogs. I graduated from the QC CAN Facility dog program in January 2016 when I was 1 year old. I then went to live with my forever family, and I get to enjoy working with people of all ages. My favorite things to do when I'm not working are play fetch and getting a good tummy rub. I also love to eat carrots. I could eat them all day.
Meet certified Therapy Dog Midas!
Hi, My name is Midas! I was born on April 2nd, 2011 in Cubulco, Guatemala. When my human brother was in the Peace Corps, he bought me as a puppy. I arrived in the USA in May, 2012. I have been a Therapy Dog since 2013 and I love to visit nursing homes, libraries, hospitals; just about any place. In my spare time I like boating on the Mississippi River, Hunting, rolling in either the grass or snow and car rides. I also like to take naps underneath the car in the summer and I love green beans!
Meet Nina, and her Certified Therapy Dog Jonas!
Jonas is an "Aussie" (Australian shepherd)- about 7 1/2 years old, and has been a therapy dog since July 2017. He was rescued in August 2016 in Kentucky from the Midwest Aussie rescue ARPH. He and Nina have been training with QC CAN since he joined our family and recently became certified as a Therapy Dog and Canine Good Citizen. He loves putting on his therapy dog vest, runs around the car because he knows he is going to work! He loves ALL dog treats, long walks, tummy rubs, visiting with grandpa and all the kids. Nina has recently retired as a Physical Therapist and now continues therapy with Jonas!
Meet Certified Therapy Dog Georgie!
Georgie was born in Indiana on October 4, 2014. She has two sisters, Desi; a Bassett and Gracie; a miniature Schnauzer. She loves to play ball and loves to play in the snow. Georgie started her Therapy Dog training at about 8 weeks old but had to delay her advanced training when her family moved to California for a brief time. She continued her Training when they returned to the Quad Cities and has been enjoying Therapy visits since.
Meet Certified Therapy Dog Ferguson!
Ferguson is a toy poodle, born in St. Louis on May 25, 2014. He came to his family as a 2 pound ball of fluff and and they fell in love instantly! They soon learned that Ferguson was very anxious to learn new things, especially if it involved chasing a ball. He will play fetch until YOU give up! Ferguson received his Therapy Dog certification from QC CAN in December, 2017. He also earned the smallest therapy dog vest QC CAN had ever seen! Ferguson and his handler visit schools, libraries, and public events. But he does his best "work" when visiting senior citizens at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They really love to feel his soft, furry little body in their laps.
Meet Holly, and her Certified Therapy Dog Ozzy!
Ozzy is a Tri Color English Setter, born February 28, 2016. He came to his furever home as a tiny, spunky puppy at 7 weeks old. He brought so much happiness to his mom’s life that she wanted to share with others. Ozzy enrolled in QCCAN in May 2017 and became certified October 2017. He’s been on so many adventures including reading with children, playing at the Children’s museum, dressing up in the Halloween parade, meeting Santa, and even thought he was a superstar when he made the local news. Outside of his volunteer work, Ozzy enjoys making a muddy path through the backyard while he chases tweety birds.
Meet Certified Therapy Dog Raina!
Hi, my name is Raina and I’m a German Shepherd dog! My birthday is April 6th 2015. My favorite food is popcorn and peanut butter! I have been a certified QC CAN therapy dog since 2018. I enjoy visiting nursing homes libraries and community events, but libraries are my favorite! When I’m not being a therapy dog I enjoy playing frisbee and cuddling (I love to be spooned!)
Fun Fact about me: Raina means “mighty” in German and “queen” in French.
Meet Certified Therapy Dog Ping!
Hi! My name is Ping. In case you are having difficulty telling, I am a Shih Tzu. I moved from Virginia to the Quad Cities area last August. Riding in the car and traveling is one of my most favorite things. I love staying in hotels and riding elevators! I became a certified therapy dog with QC CAN in 2018. The very best thing about being a therapy dog is visiting the library and reading with the children.