White Dog Therapy


Sometimes the best therapy comes on four legs.


With unconditional love and licks. . .


And a laugh when you need it.


Maddie and Zoe were the best therapy for my mother-in-law after my father-in-law passed away.


Perfectly sized at 4 and 8 lbs, to sit on her lap and keep her company.


We kept them for a week when my mother-in-law was in the hospital at Thanksgiving last year.


Chloe and Gracie are old ladies who had to learn to share, with a then very energetic 4-month old Zoe, and 2-year old Maddie, both Maltipoos.

White Dog Love

It was double the fun and double the chaos that week.


My mother-in-law, Betty, passed away in August.


Everyone in the family is in need of some white dog therapy.


Betty and I had a lot in common.


We shared a love of pontoon rides and chair sitting. . .


Gardening and flowers. . .


French Fries with Chardonnay . . .


White dogs and her son.


We are thankful for my sisters-in-law, caregiver and friend Brenda, and Hospice & Palliative Care of Lake Norman, for making it possible for Betty to stay at home.


And therapy dogs, Maddie and Zoe.

 We miss you, Betty ♥

  105 comments for “White Dog Therapy

  1. Patti
    September 9, 2016 at 8:38 am

    So sweet. Thank you for doing this.

    • September 9, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      We have sooooo much to learn from dogs. Their unconditional love has helped many humans to cross the bridge to eternity.
      May God’s peace fill you like the glow of a golden sunset.

      A Hospice Caretaker

    • September 10, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Awesome tribute !

    September 9, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother-in-law. I can truly see how those sweet, precious pups got her through her hardest days. All four of the pups are just so precious and always brighten my day when I get the wonderful chance to see them on your blog. My prayers are with you!

  3. Becky
    September 9, 2016 at 8:41 am

    My deepest sympathy for your loss.

  4. Brenda
    September 9, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m glad you have the fur-babies.

  5. September 9, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I’m so sorry about your mother-in-law. I think dogs are the most wonderful therapy! Maddie and Zoe have found a wonderful new home with you and their “cousins”. I can’t imagine how long it must have taken to get that wonderful shot of the 4 of them! 😃

  6. Ellen
    September 9, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Lovely tribute to the furry therapy givers. My sympathy on the loss of Betty. Thank-you for sharing the beautiful photos.

  7. Jan Fusco
    September 9, 2016 at 8:49 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  8. Kaye
    September 9, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Such a loving post in memory of your mother-in-law. And yes, white dog therapy is the best.

  9. Ellen Stillabower
    September 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Deepest sympathy for your loss!!! Your gain is these beautiful puppies!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  10. September 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Condolences to you and your family. May sweet memories of Betty sustain you. Thank you for sharing these pictures and your thoughts. All four fur babies are precious.

  11. Granny Gay:)
    September 9, 2016 at 8:56 am

    So very sorry for your family’s recent loss. Those are precious pups and they are so eager to bring joy into your lives once again…

  12. Janet O. Robinson
    September 9, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I am so sorry about the loss of your Mother in Law. Her doggies are beautiful!!! They make a wonderful addition to your family! Thank you for the great pictures Mary! Our Bichon Chester is so much part of our family too. He is being groomed as I write this and we are off to Boothbay Harbor for the weekend with Chester of course.

  13. Ruth
    September 9, 2016 at 9:01 am

    A lovely tribute. So sorry for your loss, Ruth

  14. Linda L
    September 9, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Oh what a wonderful plus to have a loving relationship with a mother in law. I’m sorry for your loss. I remember earlier posts with mentions of Betty and thinking she must be very special, and you too for loving her.
    The dogs are cutest personified.

  15. September 9, 2016 at 9:02 am

    God Bless Your Mother-in-law for ever and ever. May the joy and comfort of your precious White Pups give you love and the best of memories.

  16. Doreen
    September 9, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. I know this pain. Sounds as though you had a sweet and meaningful relationship. What a blessing. Precious pooches can be such a healing at times like these. These four can’t help but make you smile. My sympathy to you and your family.

  17. Jacklyn carney
    September 9, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Aw Mary, I’m so very sad and sorry for your loss….
    Will the little ones continue to stay with Chole and Gracie?
    I’m sure Betty is looking down smiling at the little white balls of fur!

    I was worried about u when I hadn’t seen many posts these last few weeks.
    My husband and I were on your beautiful lake on Saturday on the lake tour, it was so
    beautiful! I looked for you with every pontoon boat that we passed or all the ones that
    passed us!! I knew I’d be able to spot u if I saw Clohe and Gracie!!!
    Time will heal your broken hearts, I know you’ll find peace with the beautiful
    memories you have of your inlaws.

    Gods blessings to you and your husband.
    Jackie Carney

  18. Jean ann
    September 9, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I imagine your Mother in law passed with greater peace knowing her therapy dogs were going to be so lovingly cared for. God bless.

  19. Pam
    September 9, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Such a sweet and loving tribute. My heartfelt sympathy.

  20. barbara
    September 9, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  21. Sue
    September 9, 2016 at 9:05 am

    What a beautiful tribute to what sounds like a beautiful and fun lady.

  22. Sheree
    September 9, 2016 at 9:05 am

    So sorry for the loss of Betty. I hope her little babies are doing ok without her. God bless you all.

  23. Faith
    September 9, 2016 at 9:16 am

    So very sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful tribute and your love shines through in this post. Praying for you all.

  24. September 9, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Mary, my deepest sympathies are with you and your husband for the loss of your mother-in-law. I can just imagine how those sweet fur balls were such a comfort and blessing to her. But Betty is surely at peace knowing that they and her son are in such good care with you! Hugs and prayers!

  25. September 9, 2016 at 9:21 am

    So sorry for your family’s loss.

  26. Dianne Sharpe
    September 9, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Beautiful tribute to your mother-in-law. Just beautiful!

  27. Donna Saye
    September 9, 2016 at 9:24 am

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Having those beautiful babies helps everyome feel better, I know. You are so lucky to have had so much time with your sweet mother in law. Bless you all.

  28. September 9, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Condolences to you, your husband, and family – including the fur babies. I love how you captured what you love and shared with Betty.

  29. Daphne
    September 9, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I am so sorry for your loss but knowing that she is in a better place helps – the dogs are precious and I agree with the others, they are blessed to have your family to call home.
    You do a great job in letting all of us see the beauty you have in every aspect of your home through the wonderful pictures you take – they are always outstanding.
    My prayers are with you and your family.

  30. Karen
    September 9, 2016 at 9:30 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  31. Alyson
    September 9, 2016 at 9:33 am

    What a blessing this post is! As a hospice social worker for more than 13 years, I am grateful to hear of the benefit and comfort that hospice teams have provided to folks around the world. As a former Maltese mommy (we had to put my baby down three years ago), I can intimately relate to the comfort that your babies have provided to your family. I wish for you all to have peace and comfort.

  32. September 9, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I am so sorry Mary. Loss like that is understood but hard to accept. Will be sending you positive mojo and hoping that those babies are getting to snuggle daily with Chloe and Gracie. And YOU!

  33. September 9, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Mary, I’m so sorry to hear this news. I remember you mentioning Betty in various posts, using her beautiful dishes or caring for her beloved pups. It sounds like she had a long life surrounded by loved ones and will be fondly remembered. Please know that you and your hubby are in our thoughts and prayers, and I hope that your happy memories will give you some comfort as you grieve. Linda

  34. Yolie
    September 9, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Such as poignant post. Beautiful, funny and bittersweet. May your family’s healing come soon. You have 4 adorable helpers.

  35. Lynn Schantz
    September 9, 2016 at 9:43 am

    The loss of a loved one is hard, but knowing that she is still watching over your husband and you and the fur babies is comforting. I had to have my red Labrador of 9 years put down on July 28th because of Hip-dysphasia. It’s a comfort to see the happiness and love other fur babies are giving and receiving like my fur baby gave me. So very, very sorry for your loss.

  36. Shelly Kolibar
    September 9, 2016 at 9:45 am

    So sorry to hear about your loss. You were so lucky to have such a special lady in your life.
    May the love and kisses from all your fur babies carry you through this difficult time.
    I have been following your blog for sometime now…I look SO forward to your posts on decor & recipes! You are very talented!!!

  37. Vanessa
    September 9, 2016 at 9:45 am

    So sorry for your loss. Saying a prayer for your family. HUGS!

  38. September 9, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Mary, my sincere sympathy at this profound loss. My heart goes out to you and your husband and these sweet fluffy, white girls. It’s so difficult to say the final goodbye. I recall that you shared Betty’s beautiful things on various tables through the years. I know you and your family will greatly miss this lady. Will Maddie and Zoe now live with you? Their little faces are so dear. Thinking of you and sending hugs of comfort.

  39. Patty Williford
    September 9, 2016 at 10:10 am

    My thoughts and prayers for all of you.

  40. September 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I am so very sorry to hear your sweet Captain’s Mother passed away! I know only too well, how hard it is to lose a loved one, no matter what age.
    One of the first things my sweet little Ms. C. said to me after Ern died was “Nana, you should get a dog!” LOL
    Smart kid, that one.
    Hugs to all of you. {{{HUGS}}}

  41. Susie
    September 9, 2016 at 10:18 am

    So sorry for your loss! It doesn’t matter how prepared you are, there is something about being “alone” in the world when parents pass. Cuddle up with those babies and know that she’s smiling down on you.

  42. Debbie Gassman
    September 9, 2016 at 10:23 am

    So sorry to read about Betty. She sounds like a very special person. The doggies will surely be missing her as well. Thank you for helping them through this. I will pray for your family to have God heal your hearts.

  43. September 9, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. (((((hugs))))) Give those furbabies plenty of LOVE Sending you love and prayers, My Friend.

  44. Donna Bell
    September 9, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Precious dog family, but better yet the family love in the people. I loved my mother-in-law, too. Sorry for your loss.

  45. Mary Michelle
    September 9, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Mary, from your loving post, I know that Betty had a well-lived life and will be very missed by all who knew and loved her. You and your husband have my heartfelt condolences and I am so glad that you have white dog therapy at this sad time.

  46. Logan Wilhelm
    September 9, 2016 at 10:50 am

    So sorry for your family’s loss, hugs to you and your sweet pups.

  47. September 9, 2016 at 10:51 am

    So sorry for your loss. A pet, or several, can really do the trick to help with the sadness. I love pictures of your babies.

  48. Jane Greene
    September 9, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Very sorry for your loss! The pups are all so precious and I suspect they eased both your pain and your Mother-in-Law’s during her last days here. I saw a quote the other day (author unknown) and it said “Animals are the only beings on the planet that will never break your heart until their heart stops beating” and it is so true, especially with dogs. They supply love and laughter when we need it the most.

  49. Kathi
    September 9, 2016 at 10:59 am

    All those pups are so very precious. So very sorry for your loss. This was a beautiful tribute to Betty who I know will live forever in your heart (This post has me crying like a baby as it was so beautiful)

  50. Bev
    September 9, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I love the name “fur babies”. I think all psychiatrists could be replaced with dogs. Dogs have that understanding and comfort they alone can give.

    I love the 4 white dogs in Christmas attire. It made my day!

  51. September 9, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. You have honored your mother-in-law so well with this lovely, touching and meaningful post. Rosie

  52. September 9, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Amazing tribute.

  53. September 9, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Oh Mary, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear Betty. I am still crying from the tribute you gave her with your loving words, and especially the one on the love you shared of her son and of pups. Love and hugs are sent to you.

  54. Rattlebridge
    September 9, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Dear Mary, I’m all teary-eyed, just reading your words and seeing the photos. What a cute gang of pups. They couldn’t have a more loving home. My heart goes out to you and your husband. I agree about dog therapy! Jazzy and my mom are here for a month, and I can already feel my heart lift (Jazzy is a white and black Shitzu, a bit elderly, but spry.) Sending sweet thoughts in your direction. xx00

  55. September 9, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time! Our furry friends do certainly give us unconditional love!

  56. Joyce Howe
    September 9, 2016 at 11:54 am

    So very sorry for the loss of your mother-in-law. I am sure having her beloved puppies around her in her last days, along with family and excellent caregivers was of great comfort to her. Your blog is my very favorite and I thank you for sharing your wonderful times with all of us.

  57. Jeanie
    September 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds as though you had a special mother in law! Hugs and prayers go out to you and the family. I always enjoy when you share pictures of the pups!

  58. Donna C
    September 9, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    You and your family are in my prayers. What a beautiful tribute to your mother-in-law. May God bless.

  59. September 9, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your mother in law. She sounded like a lovely person and I know that her doggies brought her so much love.

    Now you have 4 loving babies and they all are so darn cute together and look at all the fun your going to have with them.

    Have a happy weekend.


  60. Debbie
    September 9, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of your loved one.

  61. Chloe Garden
    September 9, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    My sympathies on the loss of a special member of your family. I know the pups added joy and laughter to Betty’s life as she did to yours. I cannot have dogs at home, but when I need a bit of pup loving, I can visit my friend and her house full of Westies. Nothing’s better than a pack of white dogs vying for pets and rubs.

  62. September 9, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved mother in law, Betty. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family for your tremendous loss…It was so wonderful for you to have such a loving relationship with Betty. Such a great gift. Yes, dog therapy is the best.

  63. Teresa
    September 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    My condolences to you and your husband. What a wonderful tribute to your mother in law! Thank you for sharing! Fur babies give great joy😀

  64. September 9, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Wishing you and your family well after the loss of your mother-in-law. Fur babies have a lot of love to give.

  65. Gail
    September 9, 2016 at 3:46 pm


  66. Linda K.
    September 9, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother-in-Love. Your tribute to her brought tears to my eyes.

  67. Linda
    September 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I think we develop special friendships through blogs like you share with us. Your love for all things beautiful, whether it be flowers, welcoming lakeside table settings, or cute little furballs, it all brings sunshine into our days. So at this time of loss of your dear mother-in-love, I want to send a hug and to ask our Lord to give you and your hubby comfort and cherished memories.

  68. Lorraine
    September 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Sweet, sweet post.

  69. September 9, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

  70. Melodie Strickland
    September 9, 2016 at 4:48 pm


    So very sorry to hear about your MIL Betty passing away. Betty sounds like a very special person. Hugs to you, your husband and fur babies. This post brought tears to my eyes as I know how it is to lose someone you love in the family.

  71. Mindy Zimmerman
    September 9, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Very sweet post. Dogs are the best therapy!

  72. Susan
    September 9, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    What a beautiful tribute. You and your mother in law sure did have a wonderful bond and I know she’s smiling down knowing her sweet babies are being cared for in such a loving home and are wonderful therapy for y’all.

  73. September 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Aw, such a nice tribute Mary. I’m so sorry to hear the news, please take care.

  74. September 9, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I am sorry to hear of you, husband, and fur babies loss. This is a wonderful tribute for your mother-in-law. Prayers going your way for healing.🙏 🌹🌻🐾

  75. Michelle
    September 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Love dog therapy! ❤️

  76. Linda E.
    September 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Sincere sympathy and blessings to you and your husband as you grieve the death of Betty! Hoping that those four therapy doggies will continue to bring you both support and comfort in the days to come!

    God’s Best!

  77. Donna C
    September 9, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May your memories of Betty bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  78. September 10, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Mary, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your MIL. Prayers for your husband and you, and Betty’s sweet fur babies! Such a beautiful tribute! Pam @ Everyday Living

  79. Robyn
    September 10, 2016 at 8:03 am

    So sorry for your loss…

  80. Jan McF
    September 10, 2016 at 8:55 am

    What a wonderful tribute to her memory.

  81. September 10, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. Dogs really are great therapy!

  82. Virginia
    September 10, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Dear Mary, I am so sorry for your loss and send my condolences to you, your husband and family.
    From reading your posts Betty must have been an inspiration for your life, you will always have her near by as you hold the love you shared close to your heart. With my deepest sympathies.

  83. Anne Marie
    September 10, 2016 at 11:06 am

    So sorry for your loss. Betty sounded like a wonderful mother in law. Her two pups couldn’t have ended up in a better place than with you, your husband, Chloe and Gracie. Now you have 4X the fur baby love!

  84. September 10, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Mary. Prayers for you and your husband. Those four adorable fur babies will certainly give you both the white therapy, and the comfort you may need at this difficult time.

  85. Paula
    September 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    So sorry for the passing of your mother in-law, I’m sure you were a joy to her! My oldest sister passed away in late Feb. so heart breaking. But memories of loved ones are a gift that are always close in heart.

  86. Chris ott at me.com
    September 10, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I sorry for your loss you have your hands full

  87. Peggy
    September 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    What a great loss to you both, a mother and a dear friend. May your memories be many and your hearts fill with her love.

  88. September 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    My sympathy on your loss. May Betty rest in peace.

  89. franki
    September 11, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    tears…..xxx franki

  90. Melissa
    September 11, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    so very sorry for your loss..((hugs)) and prayers to you and your family

  91. Joni Wehrenberg
    September 11, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    My mother-in-law also passed away this August so I feel your pain.

  92. Ellen Martin
    September 11, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Special love and blessings to you, your husband, and family on the death of your dear mother-in-law. You were so fortunate to have had the loving relationship you had with her. May those precious pups continue to bring joy to your family.

  93. September 12, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Oh Mary, I am so sorry to hear you lost such a special person…I remember how much I enjoyed your posts during the week you had doggie company last year, and those adorable photos…it is wonderful she was able to spend her final days with her dogs at home. Many prayers to you and your husband…

  94. Sue
    September 12, 2016 at 10:45 am

    So sorry for your loss. Let the pups help you heal.

  95. Ann Butler
    September 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your husband and you. Pets do make a day great don’t they!

  96. Sandy Balogh
    September 17, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Very sorry for the loss of your Mother-in-law, Betty. She sounds like a wonderful woman who obviously had a special daughter-in-law. I still miss mine, everyday. Its so true our pets give us comfort in so many ways, when you post your dogs, I find myself smiling. How fortunate for all, Betty’s pups are still loved and have a great home. Deepest sympathy’s to you and your husband.

  97. Annie
    September 23, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I am so sad to hear this news. My heart goes out to you, David & his family. Love you…

  98. September 28, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    My condolences to you and your family Mary. What a beautiful tribute you wrote for your mother in law. Her dogs are so precious!

  99. November 8, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Adorable photos!

  100. Marjorie
    October 19, 2019 at 11:29 am

    I adopted a little white poodle a few months after my husband of sixty three years died. “Daisy” is a blessing and I know she was sent to me from heaven.

  101. Linda Cantrell
    April 23, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    I’m SO sorry for your loss. You don’t know me yet came across your post as we are interested in “parenting” a Maltipoo. We live in Germantown, Tn (near Memphis). Do you have any reputable breeders… possibly from a home based breeder?

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