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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Faithful Friends from Our Past


In Memory - August 2000 to April 2014




Shetland Sheepdog / Sable


August 5, 2000


15" / 20 lbs. 


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Trained through (Utility) the highest level of obedience, as well as free style dancing, some agility, some herding, as well as being a breed champion.


Gracie has earned the highest award from the parent sheltie club – Champion UD VCX (Versatility Excellent).

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Gracie loved being in the dog show ring, and at therapy visits, she is very happy everyone is admiring her once again!!


 In Memory

Gracie had been a therapy dog since she was one year of age. She and Penny have been everywhere together. They were "regulars" at Loyola Pediatrics, Mooseheart, Ronald McDonald House, Loyola Rehab, to mention just a few. Gracie never met a person that she did not like--she was an incredibly outgoing, totally confident Sheltie. She was one of the last original cast members of the Troupe's 2004 first Nutcracker performance for the public. In 2012, Gracie starred as the Sugar Plum Fairy. She gave Penny the thrill of her life when she completed her breed championship several years ago. What an amazing and life-changing dog she was!





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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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