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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Our Retired Therapy Dogs




"Desi" aka AKC DawnGlo Midsummer Desire


Havanese/2 years old (DOB 8/2/07)


August 2, 2007


12 inches/14 lbs


Desi is a pretty laid back guy. He loves meeting people and other animals, and especially enjoys working with seniors.


Puppy class through Advanced Obedience class at Narnia in Naperville. Delta Society group class. Dabbled in freestyle dance and Rally-O at Camp Dogwood.


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

How you know your dog enjoys being a therapy dog ...

Desi wags his tail when I take out his special "work vest" and tell him its time to go to work. He seems genuinely happy to see people on his visits.

More about Desi...

Desi is a Havanese, which is a toy breed and the national dog of Cuba, the first of his kind in PAWSitive Therapy Troupe! He is named after a famous Cuban, Desi Arnaz. He lives with another Havanese, a rescue named Tico, who is a therapy dog-in-training as well. In his free time, Desi enjoys playing with Tico, 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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