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Fairmount Chapel
415 S. Main St
| Fairmount, IN 46928
Tel: 1-765-948-4178
| Fax: 1-765-948-3210
College Park Chapel
4601 South Western Avenue
| Marion, IN 46953
Tel: 1-765-573-6500
| Fax: 1-765-573-6501
Jones-Smith Chapel
259 N. Main St.,
| Upland, IN 46989
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 by 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, IN and graduated October 1, 2015. Shari Wallace, personal trainer/handler, was responsible for Judd’s therapy dog training.  November 1, 2015, Judd was awarded the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certificate from AKC and is now a registered and certified grief therapy dog. 

As of 2020 Judd is now being handled by Mackenzie Corbin along with her Therapy dog Zuko.

Judd is a loving and compassionate extension of our funeral home staff.  He spends his days hanging out at our three funeral home locations in Fairmount, Marion and Upland greeting visitors; attending visitations/funerals or serving in our community in hospitals, nursing homes, teaming up with local school social workers, 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; Judd was featured in the December 2015 issue of Animal Wellness in an article on Therapy Dogs in funeral homes; The American Funeral Director magazine featured an article about Judd as a Therapy Dog in the funeral home Fall of 2017 , an article on online featured an article about Judd as a comfort dog in the funeral home.

Judd has become a vital addition to our funeral home andhas ministered to the emotional needs of many people.  Judd is available at all our visitations, funerals, and must be requested if a service is at another facility other than 1 of our 3 Armes-Hunt locations.

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