Stefanie N. adopted four-month-old Shepherd mix Jack from a humane society in Iowa. He was surrendered to them at two months old because he was given as a birthday present to someone who didn’t want him. He spent two months in a cage at the humane society because that facility doesn’t allow puppies less than four months outside at all.
When Stefanie was in high school, she trained and showed Jack in a variety of 4-H classes. Most recently, he was involved in Pet Pals in Iowa for about four years. In that program, he did animal-assisted therapies for people with mental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries. Not only does Jack do therapy work, he is quite entertaining, with a collection of tricks. Now that Stefanie and Jack live in Madison, they hope to continue his good work in a variety of facilities.
Aside from assisting Jack in his therapy work and tricks, Stefanie also enjoys running, spending time by the lake, and reading.