Faithful Friends Therapy Dogs
​A CT Chapter of The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs Inc

About Us

About Us
The primary mission of Faithful Friends Therapy Dogs is to provide informed handlers and well-trained, affectionate, and obedient dogs for theraputic contact with the elderly, children, and those in nursing homes, hospitals, rest homes, schools and other locations.  

Faithful Friends Therapy Dogs was formed by an epierenced board of directors with a desire to build on the inspiration of Alice Quinn's mentor, Allan Leventhal, DVM, who believed in the healing power of all animals, especially dogs.

Faithful Friends Therapy Dogs is a certified division of The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc., and we abide by the strict rules and guidelines set forth by our parent organization. We are also an official Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.*) affiliate group and work with schools, libraries, bookstores and other venues as reading companions and literacy mentors for children

Faithful Friends Therapy Dogs is a close knit group of handlers and dogs that work together to provide the best experience to those who request our services.
 
We welcome all members of Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs to become a part of our group at any time.  There are no limitations on when you can join us.


                         Animal Helpers in Publice Places​​
Therapy Dogs, often seen with blue vests, are specifically trained to provide comfort to a group of people, not the owner. A Therapy Dog is usually eager to meet new poeple and be interacted with.
 
Service Dogs are often seen in red vests and are trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability, such as picking up objects or helping with mobility. They have a medical purpose, and distracting a Service Dog can put the dog's handler in danger. 

Emotional Support Animals (ESA) provide comfort just by being with their owner. They have not been trained to provide a specific job or task.

A Guide Dog is a service animal that has been trained to assist someone who is blind or visually impiared, assisting them to more about safely and independently.

Seeing Eye® Dog refers specifically to a guide dog that has graduated from The Seeing Eye. While there are many guide dogs schools in the United States, only dogs trained at the Morristown, NJ school can rightly be called Seeing Eye dogs.

Meet Our Team

 Our Board of Directors


Alice M Quinn, PhD, CPDT-KA, Board Chair








Alice has over 30 years of experience working with and training animals. Her dog training experience includes all aspects of behavior and training. Alice has taught the Professional Dog Trainer's vocational program as the Director of CT K-9 Education Center and was the Director of the Training & Behavior Department at Bolton Veterinary Hospital for 17 years. In September of 2001, Alice worked with her Search and Rescue Dog “Liza” in the recovery effort at Ground Zero in NYC. In 2004 Alice founded the Allan’s Angels Therapy Dog Program. This program was a CT Chapter of Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. In August of 2017, Alice worked with Denise, Dave, Lynn, Ryan, Integra and Maggie to form this board run therapy dog group.
 
A personal need for a medical alert dog drove Alice to move into the area of working with and training dogs to be therapy/service/assistance/or medical alert dogs. Alice has founded the Faithful Friends Service Dog Foundation, Inc. to provide trained service dogs to those in need.
Alice was a 2017 Sirius Courage Award recipient for her work with dogs and veterans and first responders.
 
In addition to being a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Accessed by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers), Alice is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. and the Pet Professional Guild and the International /Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.


Denise A. Bolduc, Licensed R.E.A.D.* Instructor, FFTD R.E.A.D.* Cordinator,  Board Vice-Chair





Denise Bolduc comes from a family of dog lovers and has had dogs all her life. She became a Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dog handler in 2011 with her pug Sailor when he was just under 2 years old. His littermate Scarlett became certified about a year and a half later. It was during training with Sailor that Denise learned about the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.)® program. Both her pugs are R.E.A.D-registered and Denise is a Licensed R.E.A.D. Instructor. She does mostly R.E.A.D. work with Sailor and Scarlett in schools and libraries but also visits colleges and the hospital in which she works, as well as community events.

Lynn Martin, Treasurer





In 2015, Lynn’s service dog to be, Frankie, began his training with Faithful Friends Service Dog Foundation.   As she watched Frankie and other dogs being trained she became more aware of the good dogs can do. Lynn became passionate about educating people about the differences between the types of working dogs.  This passion has given Lynn the opportunity to talk with children and adults about working dogs as well as become a part if Faithful Friends Therapy Dogs.

Integra Sinclair, Secretary

Integra has been training animals since 2013, with a focus on building bonds between humans and their animals. After becoming involved in community outreach programs with her African Grey, Hazel, she discovered the educational and therapeutic impact animals can have on a community. After researching Therapy Dog work, she volunteered as an assistant for Therapy Dog classes and now has two canine companions, Flicker and Bolin, with Bo in training.


David Patenaude, Training Coordinator, Member




 

Dave began his involvement with therapy dogs in 2004 working with his 5 year old Saint Bernard Zoe who became a Certified Therapy Dog that year. Since then he has continued volunteering as a handler, training assistant, evaluator and helping where needed. His background includes volunteering with the Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation, the Connecticut Humane Society and Connecticut Canine Search & Rescue. He is a Certified AKC CGC Evaluator and Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dog Evaluator. Dave currently works with his 3 year old Saint Bernard Zach who became a Bright & Beautiful Certified Therapy Dog in 2015. They visit schools, hospitals, libraries and other venues.


Ryan Hall, Trainer, Training Coordinator, Member






Ryan has worked at improving the bond between humans and animals since 2009. This quest led to him meeting Alice Quinn and working with the Faithful Friends Service Dog Program under Alice's guidance. He would later meet his four-legged partner, Aero. While Aero wasn't quite right for service dog work she had a talent for making people smile. Now Ryan and Aero hope to work together through the Faithful Friends Therapy Dog program and help the community while teaching people about the importance of working dogs.


Tracey Bonanni, Member







Tracey has been an animal lover for as long as i can remember, getting her first family dog when I was 2 years old.  Her love of dogs along with working in the medical field for over 20 years convinced her that there couldn’t be anything more rewarding than bringing both those worlds together.  When she met Denise Bolduc at work her my dream became a reality.  As soon as I met my puppy Zoey I knew she was meant to be shared with those in need of a smile and little happiness in their day.
 

 Our Therapy Dogs

Therapy Pugs Sailor (left) and Scarlett (right). 
​Handler: Denise 

Zach (left)
​Handler: David 

​Tiberious (right)
​Handler: Meredith

​Casey (left)
​Handler: Linda

Zoey (right)
​Handler: Tracey

​Jody Marie (left)
Handler: Judy

Aero (right)
Handler: Ryan