CREATURE FEATURES   Vol. 5, issue 1, August, 2016
In this issue:
Champagne Brunch
Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Milestones and Passages
Pack Leader Program
Trading Cards
Message from Executive Director
Welcome to our new facility partners
Welcome new staff member
Special Events
Special Thank You
Team Get-together
Quotes Box
AmazonSmile
Matching Gifts
Champagne Brunch
PURCHASE TICKETS NOW FOR OUR UPCOMING BRUNCH
http://www.ccpettherapy.org/ticket-purchase-2016.html
 
To donate Auction items please contact:  Bonnie Ashe (bonnie.ashe@gmail.com) or Marcia Lederman (lederman12@gmail.com)
 
 
 
  
Honoring CCPT Founders
Annie Murphy & Joan Baer 
taken the day CCPT began - Nov. 2011
 
 
Join us for a lovely afternoon of pet therapy stories, music, a delicious brunch and many exciting auction items to bid on including:
 
Foursome of Golf at Brooklake Country Club
 
Live with Kelly show:  Four VIP tickets
 
Basket of dog goodies from The Hungry Hound
 
Consult and perennial garden certificate from Ron Cording, Cording Landscape,  www.cordinglandscape.com
 
 
Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
It was a delightful evening to celebrate our volunteers!  Many thanks to everyone who was able to attend.  I think we had a record number of both human and therapy dog volunteers with us that evening.
 
A BIG Congratulations to Jamie Dritt and Barley Barker, our 2016 volunteer team of the year!  Jamie and Barley have been CCPT volunteers since we began and have visited group homes, libraries, schools, and many special events.  Jamie mentors new teams, brings her dog to help with evaluations and has recently trained to become an evaluator.  
 
Pictured from left are Mary Beth Cooney, Joan Baer, Becky Fara (Jaime's mother) Jaime and Barley Barker and Annie Murphy
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Volunteer cake
 

Milestones and Passages
To the great therapy dogs who have crossed over the rainbow bridge - thank you for your many years of service and for bringing joy to countless people.
                                                                                       

Jenna McEntee was one of our hardest working therapy dogs having completed 602 visits before her sudden death in June. Jenna was a favorite at MMC and ARI where she did many of her visits.  Her presence in so many units is sorely missed.  Our hearts go out to Mo and Gerry who have lost both their beloved therapy dogs within six months.
 

 
 
Easton Baer, raised by Joan and Sandy Baer and later owned by Alana Baer was retired from visits and living the farm life. Many of you might know of him through his 'Dear Easton' advice column in the CCPT newsletters.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Hampton Dial was a sweet pug owned by Kim Dial.  Hampton loved spending time with children and the elderly and made people smile wherever he went.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Karma, a yorkie owned by Gail Reynolds, was certified in 2013 who spent her time making friends with the patients and staff at MMC.
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Prayers go out to retired therapy dogs, Molly McGee, owned by Erin and Nancy Pender and Pris Ann, owned by Becky Fara who are both struggling with cancer.
 


Congratulations to new CCPT therapy team Sister Lisa, director at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, who recently received word that the Vatican would bestow upon her its highest Papal honor awarded to laity and clergy for distinguished service to the church.

 
 
 
Pack Leader Program
CCPT has created a Pack Leader Program to help new teams get started.  Each month two experienced teams take a group of 6-7 new teams under their wing; provide initial support; answer questions about visits, facilities, and anything else new teams might need.
 
Pictured below are our first four pack leaders from left:  Marcia Lederman, Steven Herz, Denise Mitterando and Liz Williams.
 

Also, as of July, we're excited to welcome Lynn Livingston and Bonnie Ashe as new Pack Leaders!
Trading Cards
All teams can order their own fun trading cards to distribute to people you visit. Everyone loves them! The link to order the cards is:
http://www.custom-tradingcards.com/creature-comfort-pet-therapy-order-form/.  
 
When a team has completed 6 months of active visiting (2 visits a month), we will supply you with 100 FREE cards. Contact Nancy Fernandez, nfernandez@ccpettherapy.org when you've completed this goal.  
 
Message from Executive Director
To All CCPT Members, Teams and Supporters:
 
Summer is flying by! I hope you and your pets are taking time to enjoy the outdoors, heat and all! 
 
Creature Comfort has been very busy certifying new teams, starting the Pack Leaders program, adding facilities, working on the Champagne Brunch preparations, hiring a new staff person, and having essential volunteer help to streamline our tracking system and technology.  
 
We have a NEW POLICY for the re-certification of active volunteer teams.  The new term will be 2 years instead of 3.  This went into effect for all new volunteers starting in July and going forward.  All others will remain valid until their 3-year re-certification date comes due, then their next ending date will be at the 2-year mark. Re-certifications may now be done with a mentor at a visit and are scheduled through Karen Clark, our Evaluation Coordinator. You will be notified of your upcoming due date.  
 
The more frequent re-certification is meant to: help CCPT stay connected with our teams; have a shorter time between the overview of every pet since animals can change quite a bit in a short period of time; and to reassure our facilities as to the tracking of our certified teams.
 
Don’t forget to celebrate National Dog Day on Friday, August 26!  Of course, CCPT does not need a designated day to recognize, honor and respect the talent and amazing healing effects of the team dogs….and cats, rabbits, guinea pig, mini goat and mini horse.  For CCPT, everyday is a day to celebrate our volunteer pets and their owners!! 
 
Stay cool and enjoy the “dog days” of summer!
 
Mary Beth
 
 
 
 
 
Mary Beth  
Welcome to our new facility partners
McAuley Hall Health Care Center,   Warren
Pine Acres, Madison
Center for Family Spport,   Hackensack
The Early Childhood School Central at Samuel L. Berliner,   Newark
Canterbury Village, West Orange 
Mount St. Mary Academy,   Watchung
 
To request facility visits, please write to info@ccpettherapy.org
 
Welcome new staff member
CCPT is happy to announce the addition of a new staff member, Sue Heffernan.  Sue will act as the assistant to the Executive Director, helping with the day-to-day operations.  She comes to CCPT with a background in database implementation, IT project management and event planning.
 
Sue adopted her first dog in 2011, thanks to her daughter's unending enthusiasm for reading dog books, learning hundreds of facts about dog breeds and creating many dog themed birthday parties.  Sue and her daughter, Catherine, hope to certify with Hershey, their 5 year old lab/border collie mix.
 
Special Events
Veterans Summer Fest - Saturday, August 13 at Budd Lake.  Seeking teams who can do shifts for 2 hours during the day.  It's a fun day - come on out and support the Vets!


 
     
American Diabetes
Association Walk,
Sunday September 25
Creature Comfort will have a stationary space with an 8’ table to advertise. The table and tent will be provided. Please bring literature, table cloth etc. We encourage Creature Comfort to create a walk team in order to walk the course with their dogs!
 
Special Thank You
A special thank you to Jeff Schneider for devoting many hours to data cleanup and process improvements; including automated email reminders to the teams.
Team Get-together
Many thanks to Shelley Steiner from Alzheimer's New Jersey who came and spoke to CCPT teams about working with Alzheimer's patients.  Below are a few of the tips she discussed when communicating with someone with Alzheimer's:
 
Ask only one question at a time;
 
A non-response does not necessarily mean no response.  Allow an adequate period of about 5 seconds for a reply to a question you have asked.  
 
Another gathering is planned for September - stay tuned for details.
Quotes Box
CCPT has been a wonderful gift for one of my patients, an elderly woman who is home-bound, somewhat isolated, and lonely.  When I first met her at her home, I noticed she had a photo of a dog that she had owned, but she said, “I’m too old to take care of a dog now.” I asked whether she would like a therapy dog visit her and soon after, she got a visit from Rosie, then Cookie!  Interactions with these two sweet dogs have made such a difference to her!  She looks forward to the visits, enjoys giving them treats and getting attention from them.  She is not a very expressive person, but whenever she sees the dogs or talks about the visits, she brightens up, smiles, and becomes so much more animated.  Thank you to Creature Comfort for all that you do! 
 
Nancy Livingston, Social Worker
Summit Health Management
 
Thank you Annie Murphy and Tatiana Carino for your great work with these visits!
 


 
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Matching Gifts
Help us continue our great community work by sending a donation:
 
online:  http://www.ccpettherapy.org/
by mail:  CCPT, PO Box 872, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
 
CCPT is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible.
 
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Creature Comfort Pet Therapy • PO Box 872 • Morris Plains, NJ 07950
http://www.ccpettherapy.org
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