Our Canine Therapist, Chester, CGC, TDI
Chester is a golden retriever born in 2014 and registered with the American Kennel Club. He weighs 72 pounds and his parents are Tucker (Rosewood Tucked at the Beach) and Scout (Looking for Love/Sweet Chardonnay) from Breezewood Kennel in Lemont, Illinois. Chester is a loving and eager dog who is always looking to make new friends.
He has received his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and his Therapy Dog International (T.D.I.) certification. Chester and his owner/ handler, Catherine Hunter, LCSW, CADC, PMHC, are learning with professional dog training at TOPS in Grayslake, Illinois.
Chester enjoy meeting our members and guests at The Chapel of Lake Zurich Church’s services and mobile food pantry. He serves with Catherine and spreads his beautiful smile and loving warmth with anyone who pets him. Some of Chester’s favorite interests include a daily play date with his best friend, Maya, a female German Shepherd, destuffing stuffed dog toys, daily walks and meeting new friends. Chester enjoyed meeting Catherine’s clientele at her practice as well as volunteering at a local Assisted Living Facility.
One month prior to his first birthday, Chester had a seizure. Several months later he was diagnosed with canine epilepsy. In the fall of 2016 Chester had become very ill due to illness and vaccines which triggered multiple seizures over several months. Chester and Catherine are working diligently for his health and stamina to be regained. He is a prime example of perseverance in the face of adversity!
After a long battle with canine epilepsy, Chester went home to play in Jesus’ back yard on May 1, 2017. His love, warmth, and smile will be greatly missed! Thank you Chester for loving us all so much! Your impact will live on in our hearts until we meet again in eternity.
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