Over the last two decades, Mimi has shared her life with a variety of 'doglets' - Natchez, a chocolate lab, was her first therapy partner, followed by a gentle German Shepherd, Tess and a pair of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Lilly and Abbey. One of the greatest joys in her life has been the opportunity to work with like-minded folks to honor and deepen the human-animal bond. Luka, a Shih Tzu rescue, is a registered Pet Partner Therapy Dog.
Margie has been a therapy dog handler and administrator for 15 years. Her yellow Labrador Retriever, Summer, visited for 7 years at Cogburn Rehabilitation Center and Huntsville Hospital Behavioral Health Unit. Margie served for 9 years as volunteer Executive Director for a local therapy group.
As the owner of Island Dog Training Center, Margie and staff train companion, therapy, service and emotional support dogs.
Margie Wiesman, Team Assessment Coordinator
Denise Patterson, Volunteer Coordinator
Kendra Holder & Titus
Kids to Love
Sue Slagle & Rocky
Hope Place and
Blanche Elementary School, Taft, TN
Rocky died in 2019
Diane Vaughn & Kona Lincoln Academy
Deanna Bayless & Finley
Sue has been a therapy dog handler for 12 years. Hobo and Rocky both worked with children in reading programs. Jake, her third therapy dog, is a 8 year old Springer Spaniel. He is registered with Pet Partners and visits with patients at Elk River Health and Rehabilitation.
MariBeth Morgan and Koda
HarborChase Assisted Living
Koda died in 2018
Sue Slagle, Secretary/Treasurer
Karen Fratesi, Immediate Past Executive Director
Denise and AJ were in Heart to Hearts' first graduating class. AJ is registered with Pet Partners and is reading with students at The Inner City Learning Center
Deanna Bayless & Tess Huntsville Hospital Pediatrics and St. Jude
Deanna Bayless & Mousse Huntsville Hospital Pediatrics and St. Jude
Mousse died in 2019
Sue Slagle & Jake
Elk River Health and Rehabilitation at Ardmore
Heather Van Dyke & Wolfie Diversicare of Big Springs.
Wolfie died in 2019
Karen was a therapy dog handler for five years. Sadie has recently retired and visited HarborChase Memory Care. Her second Therapy Dog, Beemer died September 2019. He visited at Regency Village Memory Care.
Heart to Heart Pet Partners, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Donations may be mailed to: Heart to Heart Pet Partners, 1015 A Cleaner Way, Huntsville, AL 35805.
Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Mimi Bynum, Executive Director
To improve and enrich the lives of clients through visits from certified therapy teams of handlers and their animal partners
Heart to Heart Pet Partners, Inc.
Offering unconditional love, caring and comfort
Inner City Learning Center