Troupe Member of the Month - Nancy Sanneman and Annie
Nancy has been a dedicated member of the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe since 2017. Her canine partner is Annie, a 4 year old Bernedoodle. Nancy and Annie have been dedicated volunteers at Loyola University Medical Center where they are regular visitors at the Bernadin Cancer Center and the Pediatric unit several times a month. They also bring needed stress relief and smiles to busy medical residents and medical students at the Stritch School of Medicine. Finally, Nancy and Annie love their work at elementary schools in Lisle and Naperville in the “Read With Me” programs. Young readers learn that reading is fun when they can read to a therapy dog!
Nancy and Annie made their first appearance in the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe’s “Canine Nutcracker” in 2018. They starred as “Ballroom” and “Dewdrop” dancers, delighting children and adults alike in this epic holiday ballet.
Here is what Nancy has to say about Annie and her PAWSItive Therapy Troupe experiences:
“Annie is one of many empathetic dogs in our troupe. It amazes me when she knows just what a patient or a “reader” needs. It's a mystery how she knows if someone is fragile. I’ve watched her lay her head on someone’s chest, or move her chin back and forth on a child’s arm to tickle him and make him smile. She’s wiggled her eyebrows at people that wiggle theirs at her and has used her paw to turn a book page if her reader wasn't paying attention. Wiggling? Annie does that from head to toe, barely containing her joy, when she sees familiar staff members.
Sometimes, people ask if she is, "always so calm". Nope. It's the vest. Like her other furry volunteer partners, she knows it means there's a job to do. What could be better than getting dressed and going to "work" where people pet you and tell you you're a good dog!”
On behalf of all of us in the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe, thank YOU Nancy for your years of devoted service!