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The PAWSitive Therapy Troupe is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to sharing registered therapy dogs with individuals in a wide variety of health care and educational settings--bringing comfort, support and encouragement through the unique healing power of the human-animal bond.


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Troupe Member of the Month - Amy Read, Buster & Thor


Amy has been a dedicated member of the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe since 2015. Her canine partners are Buster and Thor, both golden retrievers. Amy, Buster and Thor have volunteered at many different locations over the past four years. They are faithful volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood and at Fisher House on the Hines VA campus. They also are regular visitors at the Villa St Benedict senior community in Lisle and enjoy helping out at special Troupe events.                     

Here is what Amy has to say about and her PAWSItive Therapy Troupe experiences:

“Buster is a 6 year old golden retriever who has been doing therapy visits since 2015. During regularly scheduled therapy visits and special events he relishes the attention and loves providing comfort to others. One of his favorite assignments is visiting schools - any type of school. He quickly learned  that the passing bells ringing in schools meant students were in the hallways and he figured out that if he strategically stood in the middle, they could not  help but pay attention to him. The more attention he receives, the better! In addition to being a registered therapy dog with PAWSitive Therapy Troupe, Buster is proud to be a certified HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response Comfort Dog.

Thor recently turned 3 years old and is a crème golden retriever. After working through anxiety due to an injury, he passed his Pet Partners evaluation in 2018. Thor’s favorite visits are to The Ronald McDonald House. It’s common for him to find someone (no matter how big or small) who will allow him to sit on their lap – all 80 pounds of him.

Regardless of the type of therapy visit, both Buster and Thor have a unique ability to connect with people. It’s a joy to be on the end of their leash each and every visit.”

On behalf of all of us in the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe, thank YOU Amy for so many years of devoted service!

NBC News

PAWSitive Therapy teams on the NBC News "Making a Difference" segment -- How Therapy Dogs are Helping Sick Kids at Loyola University Medical Center.

(April 30, 2019)




PBS "In the Loop"

PAWSitive Therapy Troupe Featured on PBS's "In the Loop"

(May 25, 2017)

Amy and Buster CBS News

PAWSitive Therapy team Amy and Buster on CBS News

(February 16, 2018)

20 Years at Loyola

Loyola Celebrates 20 Years of Pet Therapy - For 20 years, the PAWsitive Therapy Troupe has been visiting patients, families and colleagues at Loyola Medicine. These canine caregivers bring comfort, support and encouragement through the unique healing power of the human-animal bond.

(July 2017)

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For general information on Animal-Assisted Activities/Therapy, visit the Pet Partners web site.

If you are already a registered Pet Partner Team and would like to become involved yourself, please fill out our online application.

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