Tommy and Samantha (aka Dad and Mom): Tommy and Samantha have been married for thirteen years. They became born again Christian's during the first year of their marriage and made the commitment to raise their children in a home where God is first and foremost and family is second. They have made it their goal to teach their children how to meet people from all walks of life and to reach those people with the love of God. As a result of the family's love for dogs, they felt God leading them into this unique outreach of using the dog's in ministry opportunities. While Tommy works full time, Samantha is a stay at home mom. They volunteer their extra time visiting facilities with their children and dogs. They truly love the place in life where God has brought them for this time.
Dacey Jade: The family's oldest child and only daughter is the resident Diva/Princess. Dacey is twelve years old and completely dedicated to the family's ministry. She loves working with the dogs and has a "sixth sense" with them. Animals seem drawn to her exuberant and vibrant personality. Dacey is a social butterfly and enjoys meeting the people that their family visits. Dacey says that when she grows up she hopes to be a missionary/homeschool mom/veterinarian. Dacey's heart is owned by our mischievious, Golden Retriever, Rose Bud.
Jaden: Jaden is often referred to as the family's "comic relief". At ten years old Jaden is quick witted and can always be counted on to make you smile. He has a calm personality and enjoys the family's work with dogs. Jaden is "all boy" and likes riding his bicycle, all things Star Wars, and wrestling with his brothers. Jaden wants to be a stunt car driver or tornado chaser when he grows up. He belongs to our Maltese/Yorkie mix whom he calls "Joy Joy".
Isaac: Isaac is a very charming young man. He is eight years old and has the biggest blue eyes in the world. He melts hearts with his sweet nature and his interest in other people. Isaac loves working with the dogs and has his own therapy dog in training, Cosmo, who he received for his birthday. Isaac likes hot wheels, Webkinz, and hopes to learn to play the drums. When he grows up, he wants to be "everything".
Connor: At age four, Connor is the caboose of the family. He is the family's miracle baby and has provided the entire family with so much joy and happiness. Connor is often thought to be the family's "wild child" as his mischievous antics constantly find him getting into trouble. Connor loves the family's pets and refers to the younger dogs as "Pillow". He also enjoys visiting folks and passing out hugs to the patients he meets.
As a homeschool family, Tommy and Samantha are delighted in the opportunity to be able to actively involve their children in all of the pet therapy visits. The children have been raised working in this outreach and as a result are as comfortable in a nursing home as they are on a playground. They play an important role in this ministry as folks that are visited are thrilled with their presence.