Troupe Member of the Month - Nora DeMay and Sadie
Nora has been a dedicated member of the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe since 2017. Her canine partner is Sadie, a 4-year-old Shichon. Nora and Sadie have been dedicated volunteers at Community Adult Daycare in Downers Grove and at several local senior homes and libraries. They also love their work at elementary schools in Downers Grove and Lombard in the “Read With Me” programs. Young readers learn that reading is fun when they can read to a therapy dog! Here is what Nora has to say about Sadie and PAWSItive Therapy Troupe experiences:
"A friend just gave me a plaque that reads: “My favorite people have paws”. And to be completely honest, if given the choice of spending time with Sadie or any other person, I would choose my white bundle of fur in a heartbeat. The reason is simple. Sadie brings abundant joy and profound meaning to my life. She is the gift that keeps on giving and giving. She loves unconditionally, emanates an innocence and goodness that fills my heart. Sadie came into my life on August 14 th, 2016. It was love at first sight. She is a Shichon which is a combination of the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu; the perfect mix, possessing the best features of both breeds. Sadie has been an enthusiastic therapy dog for three years. She loves meeting new people, and people seem delighted to meet her. She does a variety of visits from schools and libraries to senior centers and nursing homes. We have also visited businesses to offer workers support and stress relief. It would be difficult to choose a favorite visit because she enjoys all of them. She is flexible and adapts to each unique visit.
One of our fondest memories since joining the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe is Sadie’s debut in the 2018 production of a Canine Version of the Nutcracker. In addition to being one of the children, Sadie, along with Bailey, Benny, Buster, Helen, Sophia, and Tazer, was a Snowflake; a role she was born to play because she is so white and fluffy. A star was born that day! She enjoyed the limelight and the camaraderie of her canine pals.
As a former teacher I used to say: “In everything I teach, I find something to learn”. My fur-daughter’s philosophy would be: “In everything I learn, I find something to teach”. In addition to being an adept learner, Sadie is a masterful teacher. From her I have learned many things. Most importantly, I have learned to find joy in simple pleasures. Sadie loves long walks, romping in the snow, and to my chagrin, some inappropriate barking at passing dogs. What is so amazing about having Sadie in my life is she is wholly and completely herself without any guile. Yes, I have trained her, helped her adapt to my way of living, and in return, she has taught me to understand her way of living. I especially appreciate that Sadie is unencumbered by human flaws and complexities. She talks less than any human I know and manages to say more. Sadie’s inherent goodness and unconditional love make me realize that her way of living simply stated is this: Love people! Love dogs! Love playing! Love walks! Love food! Love sniffing! Forgive and forget! Connect and cuddle! It’s not just about you! Sadie’s admirable approach to life makes more sense than mine.
In spite of missing our therapy visits, what I cherish most during these pandemic times are the tender moments we share. Sadie is my first dog. I am not sure what I have done to deserve such a loving, faithful companion, but I am grateful for every moment we have together.”
On behalf of all of us in the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe, thank YOU Ginny for your years of devoted service!