In 2005, a 16 year old girl's love of Australian Shepherds led her to work, save and buy her own dogs. Lyndi began training her dogs, joined 4-H and participated in obedience, showmanship, conformation and agility. During this time she heard about animal assisted therapy, researched it and wanted to get involved. As the training of her dogs progressed she realized they didn't have the right temperament for it, so then decided to wait and pursue animal therapy in the future when she had an animal that would enjoy its "work."
Lyndi also became involved with horses in 4-H, got her first horses as a young teenager and began training them herself. Continuing to pursue horses out of her love for them, she furthered her studies and received a degree at Weatherford College in Equine Management and Reproduction.
On April 28th, 2013 she lost her first beloved Aussie unexpectedly. Within the following few months, not looking to get another dog right away, a friend encouraged her to come look at a little pup which was the last of the litter and should definitely have been the first to go. The pup gravitated toward Lyndi right away and had so much of the same personality as the dog she just lost. Obviously, the rest is history and the timing of it all was definitely not a coincidence! "Annie" was born on April 25, 2013 and on July 4th, 2013 Lyndi brought her home to Dublin, Texas.
During Annie's outings and obedience training it became obvious that she would be perfect for animal therapy. They began their training, passed the test and began their work as a registered Pet Partners therapy team! Annie and Lyndi became pioneers as a registered animal therapy team by "knocking on doors" in Erath and surrounding counties and were invited to make consistent visits to facilities. They love serving people and what they are doing so much, and saw such a great need for it, they decided to do it "full time". Currently they have an everyday schedule of places they go, including some nights at the hospital. While expanding full time they came across others that have passion for people and wanted to join them in their mission. As they continue to expand making visits in new facilities and surrounding counties there is not enough time to do it alone so Lyndi decided to form a group of teams, which will be able to help further serve more facilities and counties on a consistent basis. The teams that have joined them have wonderful animals who have as much passion for people as their owners.
In honor of "Annie" who started it all a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer based organization consisting of Pet Partners registered animal therapy teams was formed. Annie's Therapeutic Companions serves Erath and many other surrounding rural counties. As such, the organization also consists of unique therapy animals such as miniature horses. The organization consists of volunteers who love people and animals; who want to serve the public by utilizing their animals, by becoming a Pet Partner trained handler and registered team with their animal.
"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8
The goal of Annie's Therapeutic Companions is to bring hope of life, encouragement, comfort, peace and joy to each individual, no matter the setting. We strive to make a positive impact on the individual’s physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Our volunteer animal therapy teams serve and motivate individuals in their therapy or learning environments and bridge communication gaps with the medical staff, teachers or other providers.
We also educate the general public, healthcare professionals, educators and facility leaders on the opportunities and benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy. We have made it our goal that at each and every facility visited our teams are reaching out to each and every star member, all the patients and every family member.
Our vision is to be involved in every facet of the community where therapy animals may be used and provide the greatest of benefits. To be on call for comfort,
encouragement and support to first responders, schools, hospitals, and the community in general during times of crisis, disasters and personal loss.