Posted on September 14th, 2020 in Volunteer Spotlight | No Comments »

Jane and Ed McHenry first learned about Paws & Think one day in 2018 while watching one of their favorite shows, PetPals TV. The show spotlighted a story about Paws & Think, and they were intrigued enough to contact the organization to learn more about volunteering. They both enrolled in therapy dog training with their dogs, Izzy and Iris, and began volunteering in December of that year.

Jane explains that before they adopted Izzy and Iris, they went to several dog shows and did lots of research before deciding that they wanted a Havanese. They adopted Izzy five years ago, and eight months later they adopted Iris, who was born deaf and needed a home with another dog and a handler who could provide the special training and attention she would need. Izzy and Iris immediately became best friends, and Jane began teaching Iris sign language. She mentions that Iris is “the best, most lovable dog” she has ever owned and has brought a very special joy to their lives.

Together, Ed and Izzy and Jane and Iris visit seniors at Allisonville Meadows and Brookdale of Carmel and volunteer with the Paws to Read programs at the Carmel Library and Sand Creek Elementary. As part of our Paws to Heal program, Ed and Izzy regularly visit St. Vincent Seton and Jane and Iris visit the St. Vincent Women’s Hospital. Both teams have also remained active during the coronavirus pandemic, making signs and participating in socially distant visits at Brookdale of Carmel and St. Vincent Urgent Care. They also hope to begin doing virtual visits at St. Vincent Hospital and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

When asked their favorite part of volunteering with Paws & Think, the answer was simple: “how uplifted we feel from our visits to staff, patients, and students.” Jane mentions how many people thank them profusely for visiting and for sharing Izzy and Iris. “At the hospital some patients are waiting when we get there and tell us it’s the highlight of their week.” Ed shares a favorite memory where a patient at Seton posted a sign on her door at Izzy’s eye level that said “Izzy: Don’t forget to stop and visit today!” Jane also fondly mentions a nurse at the Women’s Hospital who eats her lunch in the lobby every day that Iris is scheduled to come so that she doesn’t miss a chance to visit with her.

Both Jane and Ed are retired and say that their favorite hobby is volunteering with Paws & Think and spending time with Izzy and Iris. Jane used to be an elementary school teacher, so she especially enjoys being a part of the Paws to Read programs at schools. In her free time she also enjoys jazzercise, book clubs, college sports, golfing, and making stained glass art. Ed enjoys playing guitar, swimming, and golfing.


Posted on August 4th, 2020 in Dog Training Tutorials | No Comments »

In today’s Training Tuesday Tutorial Paws & Think Dog Trainer Michelle Goldner demonstrates how to teach your dog the cues “stand” and “back up.” This video is great for anyone who wants to work to improve their dog’s skills and for people interested in enrolling in our therapy dog training class.

To support Paws & Think to continue to provide this free training videos, please consider donating at pawsandthink.org/donate


Posted on August 2nd, 2020 in Organization News | No Comments »

During the month of August Clothes With a Cause is donating all profits from their store to Paws & Think! Kelli, owner of Clothes with a Cause, has curated a special collection of dog-themed items just for us. Shop online or at their store in the Clay Terrace mall next to Old Navy. All donations up to $2500 will be matched, and if you spend $100 or more you’ll receive a free sterling silver necklace valued at $54.


Posted on July 29th, 2020 in Paws to Read Story Time | No Comments »

Elliot and Mouse may have different ideas of fun, but they CAN agree on one thing. Join us as Sandi and therapy dog Daisy share “Little Elliot Big Fun,” written and illustrated by Mike Curato. Our Wednesday story times are for our friends at Brooke’s Place and for anyone experiencing grief.


Posted on July 28th, 2020 in Dog Training Tutorials | No Comments »

In today’s Training Tuesday Tutorial Paws & Think Dog Trainer Michelle Goldner demonstrates with Banjo how to teach your dog to stop jumping. This video is great for anyone who wants to work with their dog to improve this behavior and for people interested in enrolling in our therapy dog training class.

To support Paws & Think to continue to provide this free training videos, please consider donating at pawsandthink.org/donate


Posted on July 21st, 2020 in Dog Training Tutorials | No Comments »

Happy Training Tuesday! This week we have another video to help you continue training your dog on the very important skill of walking on a leash. Make sure you check out our related videos on the leash equipment we recommend, positions to use when getting started with your dog, and how to begin training your dog on this skill. These videos are great for anyone who wants to improve their dog’s leash walking skills, and loose leash walking is also a prerequisite for our therapy dog training classes.

To support Paws & Think to continue providing these free training videos, please visit pawsandthink.org/donate


Posted on July 14th, 2020 in Dog Training Tutorials | No Comments »

Happy Training Tuesday! In this week’s tutorial, Paws & Think Trainer Michelle Goldner will show you how to practice the skill of loose leash walking with your dog. This video is for all dog owners who want to teach their dog to walk better on a leash, and the skill of loose leash walking is also a prerequisite for our therapy dog training class. Be sure to check out our other videos on this topic to learn about the loose leash walking equipment we recommend and positions to get started with teaching your dog this skill.

If you would like to support Paws & Think so we can continue to provide these free training videos, please visit pawsandthink.org/donate


Posted on July 13th, 2020 in Organization News | No Comments »

We are in the middle of a mental health crisis. Our therapy dogs are needed now more than ever to help people feel loved and connected. We can only continue these programs with your support. Please donate today to ensure the compassionate presence of our therapy dogs are always there to help… especially during this difficult time.

Donate at www.pawsandthink.org/donate


Posted on July 8th, 2020 in Paws to Read Story Time | No Comments »

Join us as tiny therapy dog, Pipsqueak, shares a story about a tiny house. Our Wednesday story times are for our friends at Brooke’s Place and for anyone experiencing grief.

We are now sharing Paws to Read Story Time videos every Wednesday and Friday. To support these free videos, please consider donating at pawsandthink.org/donate


Posted on July 7th, 2020 in Dog Training Tutorials | No Comments »

Does it sometimes feel like your dog is walking you instead of the other way around? This week’s Training Tuesday Tutorial will help you begin to teach your dog the skill of loose leash walking. Paws & Think Trainer Michelle Goldner demonstrates with her dog, River. Be sure to check out last week’s video with information about the recommended equipment to teach your dog loose leash walking.

If you would like to support Paws & Think so we can continue to provide these free training videos, please visit pawsandthink.org/donate


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