Therapy Animals of San Antonio

Bringing People and Animals Together for Healing

Pat Storlie and QTPat Storlie and QT

July 2017 - Pat and QT were honored on July 6 by the Bexar County Family Justice Center for their almost 6 years of service. They were happy that they had the opportunity to touch so many lives.QT and Pat

January 2017 - QT recently received her American Kennel Club Therapy Dog Distinguished (AKC THDD) title. This required 400 visits. Congratulations to QT and Pat for all of their hard work!

QT and awards

February 2016 - Meet the Team

When did you and QT become a team? - QT and I have been a team since June 2011.

What other partners have you had? - QT is my first and only partner.

In what type of facility are you visiting? - We visit at San Antonio Residence and Rehabilitation Center and the Bexar County Family Justice Center.

In what other Therapy Animals activities do you and your partner participate? - We visit at Northside Alternative Middle School for StoryTails. We have holiday pet parades at the nursing home. We have attended TV events to advertise the Pooch Parade. We have attended several Red Cross events for military families. We have gone to the Pet Expo. We have gone to the Fest of Tails. We have gone to numerous events at schools. We have had children read to us at libraries. We help new teams get their required hours by letting them mentor with us. I try to volunteer for the evaluations whenever I can.

Tell us something about your partner that we may not know. - QT loves all people young and old. She also loves other animals. She rarely barks. QT and I were Rookie of the Year for 2012. I am very proud of that honor.

What Therapy Animals leadership position(s) do you currently have? - I am the StoryTails chairperson.

What other leadership positions have you had? - I have been the Secretary.

Tell us something about yourself that we may not know. - My husband and I both turn 70 this year and plan to do something exciting to celebrate. In the spring we will jump out of an airplane with a trained professional.

January 2016 - Pat knows the importance of supporting our Fiesta® Pooch Parade sponsors.  When she needed a new car she went to our Best in Show sponsor, North Park Subaru, to purchase it. Pat, her husband, and the new car are shown below.Storlies and Subaru

Pat and KathyMay 2015 - Congratulations to Pat Storlie and QT who were recently chosen by the Northside Alternative Middle School-North (NAMS-North) as their nominee for the 2015 Outstanding Partner of the Year for the Northside Independent School District. There was a nice awards reception on May 5 at the Paul Taylor Field House for all nominees. Pat had her picture taken with the superintendent, Dr. Brian Woods, and we presented her with an enlargement of the photo at the May Board of Directors meeting. The nomination letter is below.

The late, wonderful Leo Buscaglia once stated, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Well, Pat Storlie and her adorable poodle, QT, have the aforementioned Buscaglia quote emblazoned on their hearts. Mrs. Storlie and QT are quite a pair! They travel to nursing homes, hospitals, and schools, just to name a few places where they touch, smile, listen and demonstrate caring. NAMS-North is one of the places on Mrs. Storlie's list. She and QT participate in a reading program for at-risk middle school students who are currently enrolled in an alternative school for behavior issues. Two students, weekly, spend an hour reading to QT. And although the reading program targets reading competencies it also targets empathy building and social skills vis a vis highly selective empathy stimulating stories. Students discuss the content of the stories within the prism of the Pillars of Character with special address given to the Pillars of Caring, Responsibility and Citizenship. Students learn not only that they have a day-to-day responsibility with others in their life but that they are part of something larger than just themselves as they are the inheritors and caretakers of the planet. It is hoped that students will take this specific animal-to-person empathy building experience and extrapolate it to all others in their life. Mrs. Storlie, recently retired, brings her forty years plus experience in the classroom, to this specialized program. QT simply brings a cute face, warm inviting smile and an insistence that she be petted regularly!. This simple, albeit highly effective program, has been quite the hit among the student population. Students have said the following about the program, "I loved it, can I do it again before I leave?" "Before, when I would go home, I would just ignore my dog but now I bend down and pet him." "Miss, when I went home last night I played with my little brother. Usually, I just go straight to my room." "Miss, I felt good reading to QT!". These totally unsolicited comments let us know that the experience has planted a seed in these students, one that we hope will nurture and grow as they enter adulthood. Further, we hope they will pay it forward by reaching out to others to touch, smile, share a kind word, listen, offer an honest compliment and demonstrate acts of caring with the promise of perhaps turning a life around. Leo Buscaglia would be proud of each and every one of the students in this reading program and the invaluable contribution made by Mrs. Storlie and QT.