Our Teams

Barb Pierce & Dottie – Retired Teacher Continues to Reach Out


Barb Pearce and Dottie

Barb first joined Pets in 2004 with her border collie Abby.  Abby passed away shortly after certification, but the two months they spent at Jefferson Elementary School helping to start a program for children reading to dogs made her want to stay connected to Pets.  After losing Abby, Barb found Dottie, a 4 month old border collie, and in 2005, when Dottie was 1 year old, they came through our program following in the paw-prints of Abby.  As a retired school teacher, Barb & Dottie continue to volunteer at Jefferson and also at West Milwaukee Intermediate School’s special education class.  They also visit Heritage Court memory care nursing home and a group of cognitively disabled adults in an Easter Seals program.  Barb and Dottie are members of our Waggin’ Tails Therapy Performance Troupe.

“ ‘Dottie’s Here!’, Those words greet us when we enter a school. Dottie’s the one to whom the children and adults relate; I’m the chauffeur who brings her. This happy greeting and the beautiful smiles we see have made these visits a very important part of our lives.”
– Barb Pierce










We want to thank all our teams for their spirit of volunteerism, for freely giving of themselves and for sharing their dogs with others.