Funded by community and employee donations, the St. Peter’s Health Facility Dog program expands St. Peter’s therapeutic support offerings for patients, employees and visitors. The program consists of two specially trained facility dogs and their handlers, members of the St. Peter’s Chaplain Services team. The dogs work with their handlers throughout the hospital and clinics to provide comfort and calm in a way only dogs know-how.

Meet the dogs

Blue Bonnet and Mocha were born, raised and educated by Canine Assistants, a nonprofit located in Georgia that specializes in training therapy dogs for hospital settings. Unlike service dogs who are dedicated to assisting their handlers, therapy dogs are encouraged to interact with people as they roam the facilities alongside their handler. Both dogs have clocked over 3,000 training hours at major Atlanta hospitals.

Mocha and Blue Bonnet work alongside other trained volunteers who bring their dogs to St. Peter’s to comfort patients and staff.

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Blue Bonnet

  • 5 years old
  • Golden retriever
  • Birthday: March 13
  • Favorite treats: Peanut butter and bananas
  • Handler: St. Peter’s Chaplain Trish Dick, M.Div.
mocha

Mocha

  • 3 years old
  • Golden retriever 
  • Birthday: November 9
  • Favorite treats: Peaches and Nutter Butters
  • Handler: St. Peter’s Chaplain Kim Pepper, M.Div., Th.M

Program donors

The St. Peter’s Health Facility Dog Program is funded by generous donors in our community, including major gifts by Dick Anderson Construction; Merrill Lynch-Anderson, Hedge, Wagner, Kienitz & Associates; MDU Resources Foundation; Centron Services; Credit Associates; Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry and Hoven, P.C.; MDU Resources Foundation; and Kristin and Tom Kerr. Twenty-one other generous individuals have donated including St. Peter’s employees who choose to allocate dollars to the program through the St. Peter’s Health Foundation Employee Giving Campaign.