Beaufort therapy dogs get international honors

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Nine therapy dogs and handler teams from Beaufort Chapter No. 229 were honored recently by Therapy Dogs International for reaching various levels of visits to assisted living facilities, nursing homes and elementary schools, where the dogs provide emotional support or help children with their reading.  Recognitions included:
• Therapy Dogs International Active Working Title (50 visits): Russ Dimke and Dixie; Sue Hemcher and Hershey; Sue Hemcher and Shelby; Dick Hoagland and Sam; Merle Hoagland and Sam; Tom Olson and Bruce; and Frank Vandegrift and Mousse
• Therapy Dogs International Active Outstanding Volunteer (150 visits): Dick Hoagland and Murphy
• Therapy Dogs International Gold (500 visits): Sunday Brown and Cheyenne.
For more information on therapy dogs or the Beaufort program, call Chapter 229 Director Dick Hoagland at 522-2073 or e-mail Merle Hoagland at merle13@embarqmail.com.

Beaufort Chapter No. 229 of Therapy Dogs International certified eight new therapy dog teams following a test at Bay View Nursing Center in Beaufort. New teams are, from left, Nancy Schwabrow with Bea; Kay Bradbury with Cooper; Kim Monroe with Lilah; Elizabeth Jones with Halo; Kathleen Bray with Jackson; Merle Wolfgang with Teddy; Adam Romanelli with Gypsy; Donna Miller with Ivey; and Katherine Capuano with Honey.