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Therapy Animals of San Antonio

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Marilyn Kruse and King TutMarilyn Kruse and King Tut

July 2016 - Meet the Team

When did you and King Tut become a team? - In 2013.

What other partners have you had? - Goliath in abut 2006 and Maggie in about 2007.

In what type of facility are you visiting? - Assisted living.

In what other Therapy Animals activities do you and your partner participate? - College de-stressors, Pooch Parade, evaluations, and Red Cross events.

Tell us something about your partner that we may not know. - When I started with King Tut, he weighed 16 pounds. He is not trained to walk on a leash so I had to carry him. He is now about 10 pounds.

What Therapy Animals leadership position(s) do you currently have? - None.

What other leadership positions have you had? - None.

Tell us something about yourself that we may not know. - I can't think of anything right now.

November 27, 2014 - Marilyn and King Tut are featured in an article about Therapy Animals of San Antonio in the Express-News.

October 1, 2014 - Therapy Team of the Third Quarter - Congratulations to Marilyn Kruse and King Tut who we have chosen as our therapy team of the third quarter. Her positive, consistent visits at two facilities over the past 3 years are a strong indication of her commitment to this work and to the vulnerable members of our community. TASA recognizes and appreciates it! Marilyn would like to share the story below.

King Tut and I were invited to my church by the children’s pastor, Debbie, to be a part of the children’s sermon. Debbie and I were talking in the Children’s Center where we were surrounded by over 500 life size animals, painted by one of our church members. I remarked to Debbie how the artist’s talent had inspired me to offer my and King Tut’s talents. She became very excited because she is writing her thesis on the Children’s Center and asked if she could use my story in her thesis. Of course, I said "Yes”.

Our church service, including the children’s sermon, is televised. The very next day, while visiting with King Tut at our facility we were surrounded by The Sunshine Singers, men and women from local churches who share their musical talents. One woman in particular approached us and relayed that she had seen us on TV. She dubbed King Tut “The Holy Cat”.

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Marilyn and King Tut