Patients - Among our most treasured awards are the handmade cards, pictures and gifts from our children. Some hang on our refrigerator held by magnets that were a gift from one of the Speech Therapists with whom we work. Others are carefully preserved for days when we need encouragement.
Donors- Ovelle and Prairie’s work scarves bear the names of special people (even dogs) whose memory family or friends want to “live” through the work that Ovelle and Prairie do with special needs children. In other cases, the scarves bear the names of living individuals (even dogs) that family and friends want to honor through the work Ovelle and Prairie do. Most everyday someone will ask who that person is and we are always pleased to share how that person has touched our lives.
Grantors - Grant Recipient 2012
  Hewlett Packard Employee Matched Giving 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
   Dave Dean Foundation 2011
  Saint Alphonsus Auxiliary Grants 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011Saint Alphonsus Foundation Opportunity Grants 2006, 2007
  Primary Beneficiary 2009
   Cactus Petes’ Employees through Saint Alphonsus Foundation 2007, 2008, 2009
  Through Saint Alphonsus Foundation 2007, 2008, 2009
 Craig H. Neilsen Foundation   Through Saint Alphonsus Foundation 2007, 2008, 2009
 Adalyn Jay Foundation  Grant Recipient 2002, 2003


Placement of Canine Companion for Independence Skilled Companions and Facility Dogs

Some of our proudest moments have come when those we have worked with receive their own Canine Companion for Independence Dog.

Alicia Rix and Honey
Joshua Fukui and BeBe II
Delaney Wynne and Briona   
Larissa Evans and Patrice
   Alexander Presunka and Ledge
Julia and Claire Gambassi AND Zane
Sam O’Donnell and Galba  
  Outi Talvala and Nyak II 
Pamela Bonaccorso and Ketchum (retired) Successor Dog Delta

Saratoga Sub-acute Children’s Hospital, Scribbles and Giggles and Children’s Recovery Center

Presented With Our Sincere Appreciation and Gratitude to

Diane Rampelberg and “Ovelle”
For Your Creativity,
Resourcefulness and Tenacity
In Reaching Out to Each
Of Our Kids.

Your Tireless Commitment,
Which Will Never Be
Replaced or Forgotten
Has Touched So Many of
Our Kids and Has Truly
“Turned Challenges into Miracles.”

You Are The Best!

Other Awards

Welcome Prairie Reception April 2009
Sponsored by STARS (Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services) and the Dustin’s Paw Board
It’s a Doggone Miracle! by Tim Woodward
Front page of Idaho Statesman 2009
Distributed by McClatchy News Service
Ovelle is KTVB Seven’s Hero 2009
Ovelle and Prairie News Report 2009
Ovelle is recognized as the STARS Therapist with the Highest Patient Satisfaction Rating at Stakeholer’s Breakfast 2008
Idaho Business Review
Top Health Care Hero/Rehabilitation Care 2008
Selected to represent Facility Dogs at National Canine Companions for Independence Donors Celebration 2005
Catherine Cirese Volunteer of the Year
Parents Helping Parents 2003
Silver Bowl Award 2001
Junior League of San Jose