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Chloee Lee is a registered service dog, as well as a certified therapy dog, belonging to Fran McGee.

Fran, who is in a wheelchair, also has limited use of her right hand, so the help that Chloee Lee provides is necessary for many everyday activities. She picks up any object that Fran might drop, gets food out of the fridge, brings Fran her cane, removes Fran's socks, opens doors, as well as many other tasks. Fran taught Chloee to do all of these things, with the help of Twin Ports Dog Training Club. Chloee is even able to alert Fran at specific times to check her blood sugar level, due to her diabetes. Chloee is able to do all these things, despite having Addison's disease.

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Tadhg is a 10-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix, belonging to Dr. Mary-Beth Esser of Oconomowoc.

In 1998 Dr. Esser rescued Tadhg from a farm with too many dogs. Low dog on the totem pole, he was constantly on the losing end of scrapes with other dogs and had to struggle for food. However, soon after adoption Tadhg quickly demonstrated his intelligence and trusting nature. In 2000 Tadhg was certified to be a therapy dog by Delta Society, an organization that promotes the benefits of pet therapy.

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Daria, a three-year-old Bouvier des Flandres, belongs to Karen Robotka of Westfield. Daria is registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc., and for the past two years Daria has been part of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) program, offering her companionship and attention at Ethel Everhard Memorial Library in Westfield.

Some children have difficulty learning to read and get stressed, not because they aren't capable of reading, but because they get nervous, worrying about making mistakes. All those worries make it hard to focus. However, when they read with Daria, they start to relax, and forget about feeling self-conscious or nervous. Before they know it, they are enjoying the experience of reading, instead of dreading it.

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The first award to be presented is the Professional award, which is given to pets that provide specially trained assistance. Winnie is this year's winner. She is a seven-year-old Black Lab, belonging to Pat Risch of Dodgeville.

For the past six years, Pat, who is a Registered Nurse, has regularly brought Winnie to visit the residents of Bloomfield Manor. Bloomfield Manor is a skilled nursing facility, licensed to provide care for 85 geriatric residents.

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Rosie is a four-year-old Alaskan Malamute, that is certified to visit the sick and elderly. She belongs to Jim and Lynn Dutcher, of Green Bay.

Jim and Lynn received Rosie in 2002. She was originally bred to be a show dog, but was ineligible, because her two bottom teeth are slightly crooked. For this reason, and because Rosie would also sometimes fight with her sister who is a show dog, her original owners decided to find Rosie a good home.

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