Author Archives: Daryl Holle

Remembering a Christmas Dog Named Meggie Sue!

For the last 15 years, Christmas Day has been a mixed day of emotions for me.  While the true meaning of Christmas always rings loud and clear, there is one memory that stirs within me with all sorts of emotions … Continue reading

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Doc & Tilda and Sissy-Biskit Too!

Doing therapy dog work is always rewarding, but it was Tilda Dog who taught me to watch for the special moments and cherish them as one of the most precious treasures of life. I have a great example to share … Continue reading

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Sissy-Biskit & Tilda…………..One Year Later!

Sissy-Biskit, Donna and I made the pilgrimage to Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming on Saturday, August 4th, 2012. It was a couple days short of one year when Tilda, Donna and I made the trip on August 6th, 2011. That was … Continue reading

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To ………..

Quick update on Sissy-Biskit:  Sissy is doing just fine and enjoying her rounds at the Boulder County hospitals. She has had one unique experience already causing me to shake my head in amazement, but that is all I have managed … Continue reading

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Sissy-Biskit Carries on the Tilda Tradition!

You are probably asking yourself “who in the world is Sissy-Biskit?” We renamed Sissy to Biskit as she was so shy when we first got her we didn’t want to tag her with the “Sissy” name. But then everyone already … Continue reading

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Daisy & Tillie Doing What Therapy Dogs Do Best!

It has been proven to me time and time again that after good therapy dogs get into the routine of visiting the hospitals regularly, they will absolutely amaze you with their instinctive abilities to connect with people in need. I … Continue reading

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Inspirations………One Leads To Another, and Another!

 Tara and Her Dog Named Stella Tara writes: I wanted to tell you what a GOOD girl Stella was on Sunday at Avista. The upstairs patient floor was busier than I have ever seen it on the weekend and everyone … Continue reading

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Remembering Tilda!

2011 Planetree Award I received a phone call recently from the Longmont United Hospital asking me to stop by and pick up Tilda’s Planetree Award medallion she had been presented from the Planetree conference in Nashville recently. Tilda was not … Continue reading

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Witnessing Drambuie Doing What Therapy Dogs Do Best!

Christmas is that magical time when good hearts are full of love, fellowship, family connections and good cheer mixed with the spirit of giving from deep within. I can think of nothing more appropriate during this Christmas week than to … Continue reading

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Tilda and the Young Lady That Wouldn’t Speak!

Update on Sissy: Sissy has been with us for 12 days now and she is adapting wonderfully. Many are asking about her background, so here is a quick run down on what I know. Sissy is 5 years old and … Continue reading

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Rescuing Buddy….Was Tilda at Work Again?

Calendar Sales: The calendar sales for Tilda and the other 4 hospitals are going well.   Thanks to all of you that have purchased and I appreciate all the great comments.  I am glad you are enjoying them.  You can purchase … Continue reading

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Tilda’s Memorial Tribute Calendar Now On Sale!

Tilda’s Memorial Tribute calendar is hot off the press and ready for your purchase.  This calendar is very special as every month has a picture of Tilda or something to do with Tilda.  The shopping cart page gives a small … Continue reading

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Tilda and the Family Member in the Hallway

Keeping my promise to Tilda, I will continue to document more of the incidents I witnessed of Tilda encountering people in a somewhat magical manner. Tilda’s Friends are so wonderful as they are sending me pictures of their “Tilda rainbows” … Continue reading

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And Then There Were Three, Four, Five Rainbows From Tilda!

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers   It has been 18 days now since Tilda left us and the rainbow reports just keep coming in. … Continue reading

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Tilda’s 2nd Double Rainbow Appears on September 2, 2011

“The Power Of Tilda” In the previous blog story, we discussed the wonderful appearance of a double Rainbow on August 30th, 2011, straight to the east when standing on our upper level deck and I recorded the time of the … Continue reading

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I Think Tilda Has Waved a Big “Hello” to All Her Friends!

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France It is often said by inspired dog lovers that our lost loved one’s sometimes give us a sign from their new location and dimension … Continue reading

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9 Hours With Tilda I Shall Never Forget!

“To make Heaven the perfect resting place for loved ones we adore, God made sure those Pearly Gates contained a doggy door.” The last few days with Tilda were a most interesting adventure all of its own. She was starting … Continue reading

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Update for Tilda for August 21st, 2011 On the last day of Tilda visiting a hospital to make her working rounds, she had a most interesting incident. I want to share that with you in a moment, but first: On … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Time, Long, Long Ago!

Tilda and I continue our ventures to revisit all the wonderful places we cruised together when we first met over 7 years ago now. In dog years, that would be nearly 49 years ago so indeed it was a long, … Continue reading

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What Could Be Better Than Putting a Smile on Someone’s Face?

When Tilda and I first started visiting hospitals a couple years ago, we noticed something from the very beginning. People would look down at Tilda and SMILE. Most never raised their head to look my way or say anything to … Continue reading

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Tilda is Comfortable and Enjoying Life the Best She Can!

Tilda had her CSU appointment on Tuesday, July 19, and the news was once more disappointing but everyone is trying their best. The Vinblastine chemo showed no response as Tilda’s condition continues to advance rapidly. They have no options left … Continue reading

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CSU Canceled Tilda’s Clinical Trial

Last Monday, July 11th, Tilda and I reported to the CSU facility for her normal weekly examination and blood test. Tilda was doing great previously until late Sunday afternoon, July 10th, through the night and early morning, July 11th. Something … Continue reading

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Weekly Update Report on Tilda’s Condition

On Tuesday, July 5th, Tilda received her weekly examination under the schedules set up for her participation in the CSU Clinical Trials. My personal observations this last week is that Tilda is doing very well overall except some days she … Continue reading

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Tilda is Assigned a Treatment Within CSU Clinical Trials

Tilda is Assigned a Treatment Within CSU Clinical Trials. On Monday, June 27th, Tilda was randomly assigned to the “Palladia Treatment System” within the CSU Clinical Trials for Canine Mast Cell Tumor Cancer. The Palladia treatment is not Chemotherapy, but … Continue reading

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The Final Prognosis From Tilda’s Doctor At CSU

Findings Report for Tilda from CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital by Dr Rachel Venable June 20, 2011 Tilda was presented to CSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital for a complaint of a previously diagnosed mast cell tumor on her head and approximately 53 … Continue reading

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Tilda Reports On Her CSU Oncology Appointment

Originally written June 20th, 2011: I asked dad if he would sit for a while and write to my friends as so many of them have written wanting to know how things went today on my checkup visit with the … Continue reading

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Sad News To Share About Tilda!

Since May 15th, Tilda has been displaying some puzzling physical symptoms. First, her left front leg swelled, then swelling went down within a couple days. A few days after that, the right front leg swelled so much that she couldn’t … Continue reading

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Once In A Blue Moon

I am so excited to tell this story.  It has the makings of the most wonderful Tilda Dog Blog ever.   On June 3rd, 2011, the Volunteer Services Directors, Coordinators and therapy dog program leaders from four Boulder County hospitals gathered … Continue reading

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My Friend Jake and the ICU Waiting Room Visit

The following incident is a report written by Margaret about her dog, Jake.  They are a therapy dog team in Boulder County, Colorado: Jake is a 7 year old Rottweiler that thinks he is a lap-dog. He adopted Margaret and … Continue reading

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Tilda Is Longmont United Hospital Pet Therapy Nominee of 2011

Little did Daryl Holle know what lay ahead when he and Tilda, a female German Shorthair Pointer/Bloodhound mix, adopted each other at the Longmont Humane Society seven years ago. Tilda’s ability to search for soulful connections with those who most … Continue reading

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The Incident on the 5th Floor

The lady and I visited about the situation for a while afterward.  She repeated that her Dad loves dogs and just knew he would know there was a good doggy there for him.  She too said she couldn’t believe what … Continue reading

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The Lady With a Secret to Share!

Tilda and I were visiting a facility a few months ago where people from a nursing home were all gathered in a community room listening to beautiful piano music being played by an individual on a piano.  As we walked … Continue reading

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Tilda’s Incident No. 3 in the Intensive Care Unit Waiting Room

Just when I thought it wouldn’t be possible for Tilda to have another interesting connection in the same hospital ICU waiting room for a good long time, it happened right before my eyes. I would think that the odds are … Continue reading

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A Nice Lady Speaks to Tilda With Sign Language

As I have said a few times before, one just never knows what the day brings when showing up with Tilda to do some therapy dog work. Sometimes it is simply a great event giving opportunities to meet a lot … Continue reading

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The Transitional Care Unit Lady Wanting Her Doggie!

This story emphasizes the importance of the work Therapy Dogs do and the roles they play in what might seem to be just an ordinary day. Tilda and I were just finishing our round of visitations at a local hospital … Continue reading

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Tilda at the Oatmeal Festival

Tilda was invited by the Boulder Community Hospital Therapy Dog group, called the Canine Corps, to attend and work the Lafayette Oatmeal Festival on January 8, 2011.  We arrived early at 7:15 am and after we received our instructions, we … Continue reading

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A Day at Work for Tilda!

This story started in the Lobby of a local hospital as Tilda and I were handing out some doggy calendars to her friends as she was pictured as Miss February and we were so excited about that fact.  It was … Continue reading

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Intensive Care Unit Waiting Room Incident

During early December, 2010, we were signing in about to begin Tilda’s visitation route at a local hospital.  While doing that, the volunteer at the front desk (who knows Tilda well) informed me there was a very large group of … Continue reading

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Dogs Assisting Kids With Wellness & Growth

Recently, I was most fortunate to witness a wonderful dog program being conducted at Skyline Vista Elementary School in Denver.  This program is assisting children with special needs and it brings tears to the eyes to observe how these dogs … Continue reading

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