jean-wylieThis 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.

Please contact the executive director ( with an article and photo if you would like to add someone to this family album.


PawHonoring Honey

Honey BearWhen 7 and 1/2 year old Honey became registered as a therapy animal in July 2013, no one knew that her time to help others along their healing journey would be cut short due to health issues of her own. Honey was familiar with pain. When Honey’s handler Kristie rescued her a couple of years ago, Honey had broken teeth, scrapes and bruises.

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PawA Tribute to Tate

We’d like to honor the life of one of our wonderful therapy animals who recently passed away. Little Man Tate was a therapy animal nearly all of his 15 years. He and his handler Nancy volunteered at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) and at many special events. At left, Tate is pictured at a Butler Middle School event in October 2012. Little Man Tate was the first Chinese Crested Hairless that many of us had seen.


PawIn Memory of Bubba

We were saddened to learn last week that Bubba, a TAU therapy dog from 2009-2011, lost his battle with cancer. “He was brave and stoic until the end,” said his handler, Ashley.

During their time as Pet Partners, Ashley and Bubba touched many lives, visiting older adults at Federal Heights Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and children at the Christmas Box House. Ashley has kindly asked friends and family to make a memorial gift to TAU in honor of Bubba. “We will miss our Farmers Market booth,” said Ashley. “He loved to greet everyone!



PawBeautiful Memories

We said goodbye recently to Monique, a beautiful fourteen and a half year old Sheltie who was a therapy dog with her handler, Susie, for many years. Together they were a welcome sight at the former Cottonwood Hospital, various assisted living facilities and special events. Because of her calming, well-mannered presence, Monique also helped mentor many new TAU members. “She was the most lovely Sheltie I could have asked for,” says Susie. “She was a terrific therapy dog for years, and I was so proud to be seen with her!” Monique touched countless lives and is missed dearly.

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PawIn Memory: Benji

It is with great sadness and deep appreciation that we say goodbye to Benji, one of our beloved therapy animals. Benji and his handler, Jim, volunteered for over 8 years visiting with children, nursing homes, special events, you name it – They were there helping others and spreading the word about TAU. Benji retired earlier this year due to health problems. He was a natural at cheering people up. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Benji can confirm that he was a very special dog and will be sorely missed.

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