Therapy Dogs Boulder County = TDBC
Who we are:
- The TDBC is a group of like-minded people (and their dogs) gathered together to enhance and perform the wonderful services of therapy dog work for Boulder County, Colorado and surrounding areas.
- The TDBC is a website attempting to bring all therapy dog teams operating in Boulder County, Colorado together in one place in an effort to help coordinate the operations and successes of all approved therapy dog programs inside and nearby in the County.
- Everyone working inside the TDBC as therapy dog teams (a team is a handler and their household pet dog) are VOLUNTEERS. They are not allowed to accept payment for their actual visits.
Our Goal: To bring about thousands of smiles per week via hundreds of teams visiting retirement communities, schools, libraries, hospitals and many special events to help provide some peaceful moments during stressful times.
Our Leadership Group
Directors, Officers and Advisory Council
Daryl Holle, Executive Director: TDBC Director of Therapy Dog Programs & Events, TDBC Website upkeep, TDBC group email lists
Jane Collier, Vice Chair & Treasurer, Director: CU Library Events Coordinator & TDBC Consultant, Listserv Maintenance/Backup, TDBC Team Database Maintenance
Jane and Cooper have been a therapy dog team since he was one year old. They visit Longmont United Hospital, Alta Vita Memory Care Center, and spent a lot of time on the CU campus helping the students relax and unload stress. He’s a smile maker!
Sharon Lake, Secretary, Director: TDBC School Program Facilitator & Special Ed Programs
Sue Dague, Director: TDBC Boulder County Comfort Dogs Coordinator
Wendy Shefte, Director: CU Dorms & Other CU Events Coordinator, Instagram Administrator
Wendy started doing therapy dog work when her last kid left for college and she needed to do some nurturing work. Pepper has been a therapy dog for 4 years, and specializes in work with kids. He loves it more than food.
Jennifer McLaughlin, Director: TDBC Website Development/Maintenance, Backup Administrator
Despite being a livestock guard dog, providing therapy to humans is Gracie’s calling! Jennifer and Gracie primarily visit Nederland Elementary, CU, and the Boulder Justice Center.
Brooke Terpening, Advisory Council: TDBC Facebook Admin for Longmont United Hospital, TDBC Speaker, Legal Advisor, 501(c)(3)