Thanks to love and medical care, Honey recovered and revealed a puppy-like face and a lovely soft brown coat that got lighter on her back until it was the color of honey. She also had an adorable bear cub like quality to her appearance that earned her the moniker “Honey Bear.” Her personality matched her outer beauty. “Honey was so sweet and mellow, we went through therapy dog training thinking she needed to share her healing spirit with others in need,” says Kristie. In addition to volunteering as a Pet Partner team, Kristie is a nurse practicioner and an amazing, brilliant volunteer who coordinates the 12 team evaluations that TAU has every month.
During their time of volunteering as a Pet Partner team, Kristie observed, “Honey’s healing power can be felt when she leans against a person in need to give them her love, warmth and attention.” Honey and Kristie worked hard to prepare for their team evaluation, and they passed on their third try. “Honey was just a little shy, but totally loveable and you couldn’t help but smile to look at her,” commented TAU director Deborah Carr.
Honey and Kristie visited at Avalon Nursing and Rehab Center for a few times before Honey began to have health problems from a cancerous mass on her side. She passed away in December 2013 leaving many sad hearts, but beautiful memories, behind. Our gratitude and heartfelt best wishes go out to Kristie for sharing her beautiful Honey with us.
Honoring the Memory
This page honors the memory of members of the Therapy Animals of Utah family, both human and animal. We want to pay tribute to all those who have participated in our mission to bring the comfort, love, hope and healing of animals to those in need. We begin by dedicating this page to Jean Wylie— sister, friend, and benefactor— whose kindness lives on in the mission she helped support.
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