Our Founders

Our founders are AKC certified training evaluators and lifelong proponents of how dogs make better people and how people with dogs can make a better life for themselves and others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Levine has been training dogs for over thirty years. Throughout this time, he has engaged with hundreds of people from various therapy dog organizations throughout the country.
His experience, knowledge and way with animals have lead him to create a genuinely superior training, evaluation and visitation program. He is a Certified AKC Training Evaluator. Following the passing of his long-time mentor (See “Memoria” tab) Alan has made it a personal mission to continue the enormous value of Comfort and Therapy Dog work. He and his best friend Sophie have been bringing smiles and joy to people in nursing homes and memory care facilities, hospitals, schools, Juvenile courthouses in Palm Beach County, Court diversion programs for teens, psychological counseling sessions and the like. Sophie took second place in the 2016 AKC National Therapy Dog of the Year Contest. Alan has been asked to speak before AKC sponsored dog clubs and is constantly recharged when, in the course of people saying ‘goodbye’ they add... “You saved my life today.” (Those exact words truly are voiced many, many times.)

Alan Levine
Joyce Pessel-Yaskoski

Joyce Pessel-Yaskoski was introduced at a young age in Detroit, Michigan to nursing homes and assisted living facilities through her families ownership and involvement with them. She brings to the organization more than 30 years of experience in the dog fancy in the way of: obedience training, show confirmation and breeding champions… some of which have competed in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club. Her dogs have graced the cover of the breed book for TFH publications, have been seen in Saturday Night Live skits, and have had their photos on food containers for Iam’s dog treats. In the early 90’s, Joyce sat on the Pet over-population board of Palm Beach county where she helped to implement the now “Spay Shuttle” for affordable spay and neuters. She has been a past president of the Boca Raton Dog Club, and has had numerous board seats and memberships in the Alaskan Malamute Club of America, Sunshine Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club and the Therapy Dog Foundation.

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Today she is a Certified AKC CGC Evaluator, and is involved with rescuing efforts of both canine and felines in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She highly believes in responsible dog ownership with a fun approach to positive reinforcement between owner/handler and their fur baby. She resides in Boca Raton with her husband Peter and their Therapy dog Henri, who’s a star in his own right on Instagram (#Henrisparti), 3 rescue cats (Lilli, Charli and Caci) and parrot (Maxi).