Cindy served 9 years active duty as a Registered Nurse in the US Air Force Nurse Corps, used her G.I. Bill to complete her Masters in Nursing with an emphasis on Animal-Assisted Therapy in September 2016.
She received a certificate in Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Healthcare Professional in 2018.
Ted and Cindy became
a registered Therapy Dog team in 2015.
Nancy Lester, DVM, MPH, continues to serve in the U.S. Air Force as a
Public Health Officer. She provides oversight for our programs monitoring the health and well-being of the therapy dogs as well as maintaining infection control practices to include zoonotic and reverse zoonotic disease.
Her canine partner, Ida, enjoys agility and snuggling on the couch.
Ted is a 90 lb, 5 year old German Shepard/Redbone Coonhound mix. He passed his Canine Good Citizen test in March 2015 and Therapy Dog test in August 2016. He was rescued from a "high kill" shelter in Tennessee and transported to Wisconsin as a puppy. Ted is patient and gentle with children, despite his size, and has a nose for balancing emotional changes.
Fun Fact: He has a white marking on the top of his head that represents a heart!