Mission Statement

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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Meet Our Active Therapy Dogs










12 inches/15 lbs


Tico is a social butterfly. Everyone he meets he sees as a new friend. He loves meeting people and other animals, and especially enjoys working with seniors. He is a real charmer.


Puppy class through Intermediate Obedience class at Narnia in Naperville. Dabbled in freestyle dance, targeting and Rally-O at Camp Dogwood.

Awards / Titles:

Canine Good Citizen, May 2009
Delta Society Pet Partner, August 2009
R.E.A.D. Certified, August 2009

Year started as a therapy dog:

August 2009

How do you know that your dog enjoys being a therapy dog?

Tico enjoys meeting new friends and really lights up a room with his cute teddy bear appearance. He has a super soft coat and loves to cuddle and give puppy kisses.

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Tico is a Havanese, which is a toy breed and the national dog of Cuba, the second of his kind in PAWSitive Therapy Troupe! Tico was rescued from a puppy mill by the Havanese Angel League Organization (H.A.L.O). He is named after a famous Cuban, Tico Torres, the drummer of the rock band Bon Jovi. He lives with another Havanese, Desi, who is also a therapy dog in the Troupe. In his free time, Tico enjoys playing with Desi, and "chase games" with his favorite toys. We are also participating in the Dancing Paws freestyle dance group.




















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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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