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Utility Box Honoring Three Therapy Dogs

A utility box in Livermore, CA, was painted to honor and in memory of three therapy dogs that provided thousands of hours of service to our veterans and others—Albert, Lawrence and Thunder. The box was painted by Sue Marchand, the wife of Livermore Mayor John Marchand, as part of the City’s anti-graffiti program. A ribbon […]

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Dawn Schubert, Photographer

Two Wonderful Therapy Dogs go to Doggie Heaven

Lawrence, the Livermore Lab, went to Doggie Heaven on December 21, 2013.  And two weeks later, his buddy, Albert, went to Doggie Heaven to join Lawrence.  Albert was grieving and stopped eating after Lawrence died.  Both dogs were registered therapy dogs with Therapy Dogs Inc., headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In March 2013, Lawrence’s veterinarian found […]

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BlueInk Review of Successful Tails

Successful Tails: The Wonders of Therapy Dogs Patricia H. Wheeler, Ph.D. AuthorHouse, 359 pages, (paperback) $23.95, 978-1-4772-6474-4 (Reviewed: December 2012) Successful Tails explores the world of therapy dogs, serving both as a guidebook for those who might be interested in working with the canines, as well as a tribute to the animals and the people […]

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Kirkus Indie Review of Successful Tails

Wheeler’s debut gathers more than 250 anecdotes and testimonials about the wonders of therapy dogs. The book’s title might suggest a lighthearted approach to its subject, but in fact, it’s an authoritative guide for anyone who aspires to be a therapy-dog handler. This thorough, but never pedantic, book emphasizes the value of therapy dogs and […]

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Press Release for week of Nov. 4th

Successful Tails, released last month, is a book about the benefits of therapy dogs. Although author Patricia Wheeler had been a therapy dog handler for three years with her dog, Lawrence, the Livermore Lab, she was really struck at how beneficial his work was one day at the VA. A veteran, who would not leave […]

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Sneak Peek: Successful Tails: The Wonders of Therapy Dogs

By Patricia H. Wheeler, PhD Published by AuthorHouse, 2012 I have been a therapy dog handler since 2002, when my dog, Lawrence, the Livermore Lab, started going to an Alzheimer’s facility each week. In 2004, he began going to the VA in Livermore, California, at least once or twice a week. The following year, my […]

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