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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 - Wendy Steward and Captain


Wendy has been a dedicated member of the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe since 2017. Her canine partner is “Captain” (aka “Avenger”) an 8-year-old Border Collie / Lab mix. Wendy and Captain have been dedicated volunteers at Loyola University Medical Center where they visit the Bernadin Cancer Center twice each month.  They also bring smiles to patients and staff throughout the hospital doing their twice monthly “On Call” visits. Additionally, Wendy and Captain bring comfort to families of hospitalized children at the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola. Students at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, Stritch School of Medicine, Wheaton College and Downers Grove North High School have also been the beneficiaries of Wendy’s and Captain’s calming influence during stressful final exam weeks.

Wendy and Captain made their first appearance in the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe’s “Canine Nutcracker” 2015. They have starred as “Ballroom” and “Dewdrop” dancers, delighting children and adults alike in this epic holiday ballet! Here is what Wendy has to say about “Captain” and PAWSItive Therapy Troupe experiences:

"Besides being rescued from a shelter eight years ago, therapy work has been the best thing to happen for Captain. As a young border collie mix he started out high strung, nervous and not at all confident. As he slowly started to come out of his shell, Becky suggested he might benefit from having a focus and a job to do. She could not have been more right. Now Captain sees his therapy vest and leash and he spins in circles by the door with glee. He has become so attuned to his work that when visitors come to our home he makes a point of spending time with each one, just as he does during his visits to the Cancer Center and Loyola on call. From a scared rescue dog, he has turned into a happy, tail-wagging little friend who loves to share his affection with all comers."

On behalf of all of us in the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe, thank YOU Wendy for your 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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