Troupe Members of the Month - Penny Brcich & Tess and Kate
Penny Brcich has been a member of the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe since 1999. She has almost 17 years of service as a dedicated volunteer with a total of six Shetland Sheepdogs. Penny’s current Pet Partners are 3-year-old Tess and 2-year-old Kate. They are faithful visitors at a variety of health care facilities, schools and libraries. Here is what Penny has to say about her partners Tess and Kate:
“I have been visiting with my therapy dogs for well over 15 years! Becky (PAWsitive Program President) and I first met at an agility class - we both had shelties named Rosie. I visited at Loyola Pediatrics, Mooseheart Residential School and many other sites over the years with my Shelties Rosie, Rachel, Gracie and Show Low.
My current therapy dogs are Kate and Tess. Kate (smart and active!) is great with the kids at Ronald McDonald House near Loyola Medical Center and at Oak Trace Senior Village, while Tess (fluffy and gentle) is a good Read with Me dog at elementary schools and libraries. She visits with seniors at Villa St. Benedict Senior Village too.
It is always a pleasure share my special four legged friends with others, and we hope to continue for many years to come!”
On behalf of all of us in the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe, thank you Penny for so many years of devoted service!
It seems that many Acadia shelties enjoy children's reading programs. LeaAnne takes Lucy to participate in the "Paws To Read" program in Maryland, while Lori takes Tryk and Cache to the "Paws To Read" program in Tucson, AZ. Penny takes Tess to the Read with Me program in Chicago.
|Tryk and Levi|
Shelties are such a great fit for these programs because they are not an intimidating breed. Penny describes Tess as, "fluffy and gentle", which really is just a perfect combination for a reading partner. LeaAnne said that Lucy is one of the smallest dogs in her program, and that makes her popular with the kids.
I LOVE the fact that these owners share their dogs and allow the special gifts these dogs have to offer be bestowed upon others.
|Staten at 13 weeks|
He is the 2nd champion for his mom, Cassia.
In October my sister and mother took an “epic trip” across the country visiting friends, family, historical sites, and national parks. Mom, of course, began her journey in CT and took the train to Philadelphia where she joined my sister and they began the drive: final destination- Seattle, WA. My farm was the 1st stop on the journey which took just over 2 weeks.
I have to give props to Ivy's wonderful breeder, Cadie Pruss, who I just learned will be relocating with her husband, Mike, to Idaho. I spent two unforgettably pleasant afternoons on the Prusses' beautiful sheep farm in central Pennsylvania, as idyllic a setting as I've ever experienced. Those visits were also memorable for my having been surrounded by a group of the most affectionate and well-loved dogs imaginable, a testament not only to Cadie's breeding skills but to her own generosity and kindness. Those qualities are evident in this photo from her blog of her with four of her champions, Liza, Cassia, Dove (Ivy's great-grandmother), and Genna. I'm willing to bet that getting four Shelties to smile simultaneously is something only Cadie could have pulled off.