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Fairmount Chapel
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415 S. Main St
| Fairmount, IN 46928
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Tel: 1-765-948-4178
| Fax: 1-765-948-3210
College Park Chapel
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4601 South Western Avenue
| Marion, IN 46953
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Tel: 1-765-573-6500
Jones-Smith Chapel
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259 N. Main St.,
| Upland, IN 46989
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Tel: 765-998-2101

Judd The Grief Therapy Dog

 
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Judd is an American Kennel Club (AKC) registered Golden Retriever bred at Backcreek Kennels in Jonesboro, Indiana, by Charlie Armes, proprietor.  Judd is owned by Gayle and Becky Armes.  The name “Judd” was chosen the Armes’ two adult children.  At ten weeks old, Judd joined the Armes-Hunt Funeral Home family.  His training began immediately with puppy obedience classes then on to dog obedience training thru the Mississinewa Valley Obedience Training Club (MVOTC) in Marion, Indiana.  Shari Wallace, personal trainer/handler, is responsible for Judd’s therapy dog training.  As of November 1, 2015, Judd was awarded the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certificate from AKC and is now a registered and certified grief therapy dog.  

Judd is a loving and compassionate extension of our funeral home staff.  He spends his days hanging out at either of our two funeral homes greeting visitors; attending visitations (by request only); or serving in our community in hospitals, nursing homes, school reading programs, libraries, universities, and random visits with the public.  He has been featured on the front page of the Chronicle Tribune in an article highlighting the use of therapy dogs in funeral homes, quoted by Gayle Armes in the New York Daily News an article on grief therapy dogs published through Associated Press and lastly featured in the December 2015 issue of Animal Wellness in an article on therapy dogs in funeral homes.  

Judd has become a vital addition to our funeral home and has ministered to the emotional needs of many people.  Judd is available upon request for visitation, funerals, and preplanning sessions.

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