Certified Pet Therapy Dog: "Maizie Marbles" and Volunteer Owner Available


Dear Members of Newtown Community:

In the last few days I have contacted a few places of worship and the First Selectman's office to volunteer to visit with our certified pet therapy dog, Maizie Marbles. Maizie is a Bearded Collie. She weighs a mere 40 lbs and is wonderful with people and children, gentle and friendly, her breed is known for her playfulness with young people. She is non-shedding and loves to be petted, lie with a patient in a hospital bed, and can do a few "tricks".  She works for "treats" and love. 

As most of the country and world has witnessed through the news reports, the sadness in your community is overwhelming. As a mother myself, I decided I must reach out to help in the only way I know how, with Maizie Marbles.  If Maizie Marbles and I can bring some comfort to any organization, group of citizens, school, or place of worship, we would be honored to visit with you. 

I am a certified hospice and palliative care volunteer.  Together, Maizie Marbles and I have visited The Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry, and for 11th hour visits at a family's request, for several years.  

Our deepest condolensces to you and your families during this heartbreaking and devastating time.  We have been praying for all of you and will continue to hold you in our thoughts and hearts. May God bless you all, always.


Susan McGraw Keber

White Plains, New York  


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Malcolm Bell December 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Not to volunteer other people, but this might be another person to get involved: http://monroe.patch.com/articles/library-kicks-off-summer-reading-program-2
Malcolm Bell December 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
"For those who wanted to get a jump start on their reading, Dennis Gallagher set up his dog Gracie in one of the small craft rooms. When she is not listening to children read aloud, Gracie works regularly as a therapy dog in Bridgeport Hospital’s emergency, rehabilitation and oncology departments."
SuzyScuba December 21, 2012 at 05:07 PM
The more people who can and want to volunteer, the better! Maizie Marbles and I would be delighted to see and meet as many therapy dogs and their owners as possible in this effort to help. Thanks for posting Malcolm!
Daphne Wilcox December 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I have two sweet cocker spaniels who also would like to visit. We, too, do READ and hospice and are registered with ITA. It is a challenge to know how to go about offering these loving furry friends. Keep me posted.
Maizie Marbles February 03, 2014 at 02:40 PM


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