Therapy Animals of San Antonio

Bringing People and Animals Together for Healing

Lynda Melendez and ChesneyLynda Melendez and Chesney

January 2016 - Meet the Team

When did you and Chesney become a team? - In 2013

What other partners have you had? - Grace, another Border Collie, who retired in September when she lost her sight.

In what type of facility are you visiting? - I visit the Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment facility where I visit with a wonderful group of girls.

In what other Therapy Animals activities do you and your partner participate? - We are a part of the StoryTails team going to McCreless library for their Read to a Dog program. We also take part in the presentations/enrichment program for the Juvenile Probation Department. We help out with other presentations and de-stressors whenever we can.

Tell us something about your partner that we may not know. - She is currently working on being a proficient sheepdog. She was high point novice dog at our most recent herding trial. She also loves to swim and body surf.

What Therapy Animals leadership position(s) do you currently have? - I am the Secretary, the coordinator for the Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment facility and the coordinator for the Juvenile Probation enrichment series that educates young people, their parents, and probation department staff regarding animal therapy.

What other leadership positions have you had? - None, I'm a newbie.

Tell us something about yourself that we may not know. - I grew up as an army brat who was born in the Panama Canal Zone.

January 2015 - Lynda and Chesney recently began participating in the "Read to a Dog" program at a branch of the San Antonio Public Library. After their first visit the librarian wrote, "Thank you so much for visiting our library and reading with our children. You and Chesney did a great job helping those children overcome their shyness about reading. Mission accomplished!"  They are planning additional visits.