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Community Appreciation Day

Our friends and Community Partners at the ExpERIEnce Children's Museum thanked Team TDU with smile cookies from Tim Hortons on May 1st. It was a nice surprise from Museum staff who stopped in our Erie headquarters to show their appreciation.

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New Courthouse Therapy Dog Provides Comfort

Greene Township, PA ~ Therapy Dogs United is excited add one more therapy dog to our lengthy roster of Courthouse Comfort Dogs throughout Pennsylvania providing support and compassion to children scheduled to appear in court for a hearing.

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Thursday May 2nd, 2024

Community Appreciation Day

Our friends and Community Partners at the ExpERIEnce Children's Museum thanked Team TDU with smile cookies from Tim Hortons on May 1st. It was a nice surprise from Museum staff who stopped in our Erie headquarters to show their appreciation.

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Thursday Feb 22nd, 2024

New Courthouse Therapy Dog Provides Comfort

Greene Township, PA ~ Therapy Dogs United is excited add one more therapy dog to our lengthy roster of Courthouse Comfort Dogs throughout Pennsylvania providing support and compassion to children scheduled to appear in court for a hearing.

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Monday Jan 15th, 2024

ExpERIEnce Children's Museum Adds Therapy Dog Programs

The ExpERIEnce Children's Museum in Erie, PA has expanded its programming to include classes with our therapy dogs.

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Friday Nov 17th, 2023

2023 Bark Celebration & Volunteers of the Year

We are so pleased to honor Therapy Dogs United's 2023 Local and National Volunteers of the Year. Each were honored and celebrated at our Bark Celebration on November 10th in Erie. 

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Saturday Sep 30th, 2023

All Ears Reading Program is ABC 7 News Cover Story

Therapy Dogs United is so incredibly proud of the amazing work our therapy dog team from the North Fort Myers and Cape Coral area is doing.

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Thursday Aug 3rd, 2023

TDU eNewsletters is Back!

After a brief hiatus, our monthly eNewsletters have returned! Now you can catch a glimpse of our hard working therapy dogs, read success stories and find out where our hard working teams will be in the community right from your Email inbox!

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Monday Jul 10th, 2023

Frolic on the Bay Brings Smiles

Our friends at the Erie Yacht Club once again invited therapy dogs from Therapy Dogs United to attend it's annual Frolic on the Bay event. For the past 32 years, EYC has invited individuals with physical and chronic limitations, as well as disadvantaged residents throughout Erie County to participate in a one day sailing event.

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Tuesday Jun 20th, 2023

Therapy Dogs United Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

The weather was picture perfect onboard the Victorian Princess on Monday, June 19th as 41 therapy dog volunteer handlers gathered to celebrate Therapy Dogs United's 15 year anniversary. Today, we have therapy dog teams volunteering in 13 states, with new locations being added monthly.

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Tuesday Apr 18th, 2023

Randy Faipler Foundation Raises Funds for Team TDU

The Randy Faipler Memorial Foundation made a huge impact on our charity this past week with a major donation to benefit our programs and services.

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Thursday Apr 13th, 2023

Community Blood Bank Hosts Blood Drive to Benefit TDU

Our friends at the Community Blood Bank rock! They hosted a week long blood drive in March and presented our organization with a financial donation to match the number of donors who donated blood!

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Thursday Jan 19th, 2023

TDU Chosen Erie Community Gem

We are honored to have our therapy dog programs featured! Read more to view the full story from Erie News Now.

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Thursday Oct 27th, 2022

Team TDU Cape Coral Helps Hurricane Victims

Therapy Dogs United's Cape Coral / Fort Myers team received national attention for their efforts to provide comfort and support to Hurricane Ian victims

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Friday Sep 30th, 2022

Erie Insurance Golf Outing Benefits TDU

Our charity's guardian angel, Smith Provision Company, once again chose Therapy Dogs United to be the beneficiary of the 2022 Erie Insurance Charity Challenge golf outing

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Tuesday Jul 26th, 2022

Dogs in School Rule

If you've ever been visited by a certified therapy dog, you know firsthand the amazing work our therapy dogs can do. But have you ever thought about the many ways a therapy dog makes a difference in school?

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Friday Jun 24th, 2022

2023 TDU Calendar to Feature Erie & Beyond!

We are so excited to announce plans to produce and distribute TWO "Top Dogs of TDU" calendars in 2023. Development Director Kelly Philson is working on two calendars for 2023 - one to feature our Erie area therapy dogs, and one to feature our therapy dog superstars across the U.S.!

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Saturday Feb 5th, 2022

Students Read to Therapy Dogs at EFCA

We are so proud of our in school reading programs, especially this partnership with our friends at Erie First Christian Academy. Thank you Ms. Vogt for your years of dedication to improving reading levels with the use of our therapy dogs.

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Monday Jan 31st, 2022

2022 Book Drive is Overwhelming Success

We are overjoyed by the number of amazing books we collected during our 2022 Book Drive, sponsored by Pressed Book Store on West 8th Street. The generosity from our friends throughout the Erie community overwhelms us!

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Wednesday Sep 22nd, 2021

AHN Cancer Institute Scholarship Welcomes First Recipient

Therapy Dogs United, in conjunction with Paw & Order Pittsburgh is excited to announce that the first recipient of the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute "Certified Pet Therapy Staff Scholarship" has been certified and is working to better the lives of staff and patients at AHNCI and AHN.

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Wednesday Apr 14th, 2021

Welcome Team TDU from MASSACHUSETTS!

Whew! As we said good bye to 2020 and ushered in 2021 ~ we did so with much optimism toward the future! One of our goals at Therapy Dogs United is grow nationally, and this April we hit a milestone.

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Thursday Mar 25th, 2021

Gannon University Fundraiser to Benefit TDU

Big thank you to Gannon's student news organization for making Therapy Dogs United the beneficiary of this fundraiser!

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Monday Aug 3rd, 2020

UPMC Hamot Doga Event ~ Fun for All

Even in the most difficult of times, our therapy dogs and handlers know how to have fun! On Saturday, August 1st our team participated in UPMC Hamot's Doga (yoga with dogs) event at UPMC Park.

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Monday Mar 2nd, 2020

Erie County Jurors Help Team TDU

We would like to extend our most heartfelt appreciation to every juror and prospective juror who chose to donate their January service payment to Therapy Dogs United during the new jury management system trail run at the Erie County Courthouse.

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Saturday Jan 4th, 2020

Books Needed for TDU's Library

It's a New Year and if you're decluttering - please consider donating your gently-used kids books to our Library! We have a need for preschool, elementary and young adult books we can either share in our Library or give to kids at various reading events.

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Monday Nov 25th, 2019

Holiday Photo Shoot - Too Cute for Words

Thank you to all the pet lovers who came to the R. Frank Media Studios at 1940 West 8th Street on Saturday, November 23rd for our holiday photo shoot!

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Tuesday Nov 5th, 2019

TDU Recognizes 2019 Volunteer of the Year

Therapy Dogs United celebrated our 2019 Volunteer of the Year on Friday, November 1, 2019 at The Concourse at Union Station. 

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Tuesday Nov 5th, 2019

Holiday Pet Photos

Join your friends at Therapy Dogs United for our 2019 Holiday Pet Photos! Professional photographs will be taken by Erie photographer Rob Frank of R. Frank Media.

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Tuesday Oct 8th, 2019

UMPC Hamot Fall Fling Welcomes Team TDU

Several Therapy Dogs United volunteers joined UMPC Hamot employees at the 2019 Fall Fling! Our team was pleased to be a part of the festivities!

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Monday Sep 30th, 2019

10th Anniversary Erie Insurance Charity Challenge

Tremendous thank you to Smith Provision Company (Smith's Hotdogs) who golfed for Therapy Dogs United in the 10th annual charity golf challenge at the Kahkwa Club. 

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Wednesday Aug 28th, 2019

Generous Support During Erie Gives Day 2019

Erie Gives Day 2019 check presentation day! Photo:  Kelly VanZandt, Associate Director, TDU; Michael Batchelor, Erie Community Foundation

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Monday Aug 19th, 2019

A.B.A.T.E. of PA ~ Erie County Chapter Supports TDU Mission

Motorcycle enthusiasts from the Erie County Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. showed support for our mission with a Bike Run in July 2019, with proceeds benefiting Therapy Dogs United.

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Tuesday Aug 6th, 2019

Victorian Princess Cruise 2019

Victorian Princess Cruise, Thursday, August 1, 2019 ~ a great time was had by all. Thank you to Frank Lubresky for the photographs.

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Tuesday Dec 12th, 2017

Difference Between Service, Therapy and Emotional Support Dogs?

Take the time to educate yourself on the difference between Service, Therapy and Emotional Support dogs! 

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Sunday Nov 12th, 2017

Therapy Dogs Welcome Santa

Welcome Santa - our certified therapy dogs are visiting the kids and families at the Millcreek Mall, Saturday November 11, 2017. Happy Howlidays from all of us at Therapy Dogs United!

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Monday Nov 25th, 2013

Glenwood Pet Hospital Pet Photos Benefit TDU

Special thanks to the awesome staff at Gelnwood Pet Hospital on Peach Street in Erie for donating proceeds from a recent "Pics with Pets" photo shoot to Therapy Dogs United.

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Wednesday Oct 9th, 2013

School Days for TDU Dogs!

School is back in full swing ~ and that means it's back to business for our certified therapy dogs! Check out the welcome message for students, faculty and friends at the Barber National Institute this week

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Sunday Sep 8th, 2013

New Lime Green Team TDU T-Shirts Ready for 2014

Get 'em while they're hot!  Our pale blue 2013 "Team TDU" shirts were such a big hit, we've freshened up our look for 2014!

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Sunday Aug 11th, 2013

Our Pirated Misadventure Ends on a Happy Note

It all ended well...but we still blame Captain Cat!

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Sunday Aug 11th, 2013

Please Support TDU on August 13th for Erie Gives Day!

If you plan to participate in the 2013 Erie Gives Day, please consider donating to Therapy Dogs United, Inc. 

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Sunday Aug 4th, 2013

National Night Out!

Fun times are coming our way!

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Wednesday Jun 19th, 2013

Please Support Team TDU!

Please help Team TDU 2013 by ordering one of our new t-shirts! $15 / shirt and available in S - M - L - XL. Shirts will ship after July 4th. Thank you for your support ~ Woof!

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Friday May 24th, 2013

TDU's Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade Float Commissioned

It took more than 150 hours to complete and 15 volunteers to make it happen - but in the end, Therapy Dogs United's entry in the historic 2013 Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade is something to bark about.

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Friday May 24th, 2013

Message From Bridget

I would like to thank everyone that supported this project as well. I feel very fortunate to be a volunteer with Tdu, and am blessed to have met so many wonderful people.

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Friday May 3rd, 2013

Therapy Dog Testing to Resume in September 2013

Summer is such a busy time of year and there is no shortage of events, activities, parades and visits our therapy dog volunteers are invited to participate in!

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Wednesday Apr 10th, 2013

Park Lane Jewelry

6:30PM - 8:30PM

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Tuesday Apr 9th, 2013

Polish Falcons Make Dreams Come True!

Special shout out and a heartfelt thanks to the Polish Falcons of America, Nest 123, for a generous $1000 donation made to Therapy Dogs United.

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Friday Apr 5th, 2013

Place Your Perry 200 Parade T-shirt Order Now!

Therapy Dogs United is excited to build a float for the PERRY 200 Grand Patriotic Parade being celebrated on Saturday, May 25th in downtown Erie. For the past three months, our Float Committee has worked tirelessly to design a float that will be a promising entry in the parade.

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Thursday Mar 28th, 2013

Plans for Paws in the Park 2013 Underway!

Just a quick reminder to Save the Date for Therapy Dogs United's 6th annual Paws in the Park outdoor canine festival scheduled for Saturday, September 21st at Frontier Park.

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Wednesday Mar 27th, 2013

Therapy Dog Volunteer Survey

Vanderbilt University, in conjunction The University of Pittsburgh's Dawn Marcus, M.D., is conducting an online  research survey of therapy dog handlers.

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Friday Mar 15th, 2013

Jeans Day Donation Appreciated!

Special thanks to Erie Insurance's Personal Lines Activities Committee who recently raised $194 on a Friday "Jeans Day" to benefit TherapyDogs United! Doggie Kisses to you all!

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Tuesday Mar 5th, 2013

Perry200 Grant

Today Srs Carolanne and Rita, Rusty and myself accepted the grant during a presentation ceremony at the Jefferson Society. Grants were given to 22 participants that submitted a design for floats to be entered in the parade May 25th, 2013. 

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Tuesday Mar 5th, 2013

Good Job, Sophie!

Good Job! Sophie with her owner, Anne, recently participated in a dog safety class with pre-schoolers in the Corry school district. This program works to bring awareness to children on how to safely approach a dog and by the look on the children's faces, Sophie was a big HIT!

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Friday Mar 1st, 2013

Perry200 Commemorative Parade

GREAT NEWS! We were notified this morning that TDU was awarded a grant for the building of the above float that we will enter in the Perry200 Commemorative Parade May 25, 2013!

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Wednesday Feb 20th, 2013

Perry200 Float Building Fund

I just wanted to give an update on the progress we are making towards our fundraising efforts for the Perry200 float building fund. 

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Friday Feb 8th, 2013

It's Not Too Early to Think Spring!!!

Sure, it may be snowing outside right now....but it's not too early to think summer! Please join your friends at Therapy Dogs United as we get set to lace up our walking shoes for the annual "Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community!"

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Monday Jan 28th, 2013

EKC Dog Show a Howling Success!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by Therapy Dogs United's booth at the EKC Dog Show (Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, January 26 and 27, 2013)!

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Friday Jan 18th, 2013

Welcome 2013

TDU welcomes you to our Blog World ~ and we welcome your posts on our new and improved blog! This new forum will allow you to share your thoughts and stories, get information and discuss what's on your mind 24/7, and yes, it's that easy!

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