The following pairs recently graduated from the Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association sponsored Therapy Dog Training: Laura Affield and Lady; Lori Brama and Whisper; Alison Critchfield and Ember; Ariel Fernaudez and Hamilton; Polly Merhar and Max; Andreas Nordrum and Destiny; Rita Scholl and Boo; Danielle Tighe and Izzie; and Patricia Turn and Aries.

They have completed volunteer training based on Standards of Practice through materials from Delta Society's Animal-Assisted Activities and Therapy Team Training Course, Therapy Dogs, Inc. and 4H Dog Therapy Program. Their dogs have passed basic health screening, a Therapy Dog Skills and Aptitude Test, and some will be certified as AKC Canine Good Citizens (CGC).

There are many ways companion animals can brighten the lives and improve the well-being of nursing home residents, hospital patients and children in treatment centers, a release said.