News Flash: Sunday 9/30/18 Regarding Session IV & V, as "Joe Friday" used to say: "Just the facts, ma'am" and here is the info for (first) Session V orientation will be held Monday Oct 8th, at 6:30. (secondly) this note is specially for our Students enrolled in Session IV will receive a $50 credit towards the next session for classes missed due to the storm. Now, for a look behind the scenes at your Instructors, Assistants and every Member who could; have put in 2 full days addressing the damages to our Training Facility. My internet access has been "gone with the wind" up to and including late last night! Special thanks to Stephanie and Bryan!, who got me up and running this afternoon. Our ADTC Family lost a wise and dear member, so we are mourning her greatly, at the same time we are all getting back on our feet from the storm.

Therapy Dogs/Public Service

Public Service Programs & Therapy Dogs

Azalea Dog Training Club was the first organization in New Hanover County to provide therapy visits to a five county area, to Nursing Homes, Rest Homes, Assisted Living and Treatment Centers, Adult Group Homes, and Special Needs Children.

Star News Correspondent, Chris Mudarri, covered one of our Therapy Dog classes and did a wonderful job on her article!  Please click here to see Chris’ terrific article!  (and THANK YOU, Chris!)   

ADTC’s next Therapy dog class and testing will take place on June 18th, 2016.  Information immediately below.  (If interested, please use the ADTC website contact info or simply fill out the paperwork and send with check to:   Margi Baldwin Moore, 454 Bellingham Court, Florence, SC  29501

Email address:

Therapy Dogs International, Inc.

Certified Evaluator #940

Margi Baldwin Moore

  • If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at (843) 229-2672 or email me at I look forward to meeting you and your dog.



Margi writes:

On behalf of Therapy Dogs International, Inc. (TDI) I will be conducting a TDI testing as follows:

Date:                Saturday June 18, 2016

Registration:      Pre-registration is required

Time:                Testing times will be scheduled in groups of 6 beginning at 10:00 am

Place:               Azalea Dog Training Club

13100 US Highway 17 South

Hampstead, NC 28443

I have been involved with Therapy Dogs International for about seventeen years now, and the interaction that occurs between therapy dogs, patients, residents, students, families, and staff is truly amazing. I’m excited that you too are interested in certifying your canine friend.

For those of you who have tested in the past, I will advise you that the testing procedures have changed tremendously. I am including the official TDI testing brochure and I strongly suggest you all become very familiar with each aspect of the new testing guidelines.  My test will not go in the exact order of the brochure, but every step will be covered and each dog will be tested on a pass/fail basis.  Potential therapy dogs must pass all aspects of the test in order to be awarded a TDI license.

Please complete and mail or email the attached pre-registration form so that I will have an idea of how many to expect and allow me to get the paperwork started in advance. This will also get us off to a more organized start, and save time the day of testing.  If you know of others who would like to test please give them a copy of this information.  Testing times are limited to twelve dogs and handlers and will be scheduled on a first come first pre-registered basis.

Listed below are a few things that have come from TDI that I need to pass along to you. In addition, I have included a few things that hopefully will eliminate some controversies that have occurred in the past.

  • Choke chains, prong collars, martingale collars, Gentle Leaders, Halti collars or no pull harnesses are not allowed. Acceptable equipment includes a flat buckle collar, snap-in collar or non-corrective harness and 6 foot leash. Collars and leashes will be checked prior to the beginning of the test.
  • Food cannot be used during actual testing as a reward.
  • Even if you already have your CGC, according to TDI, you still must take the entire TDI test.
  • Dogs must be clean and groomed in order to pass the TDI test. This means no wet dogs and ears must be clean. No horrible doggie breath and toenails must be trimmed.
  • This testing will be held indoors. Your dog is being tested the moment he/she arrives on campus. If dogs are barking, growling or lunging prior to or during testing they will be dismissed. Also, if any dog eliminates in the testing area, they will be dismissed. There will be a designated “potty” area for the dogs.

TDI Testing Information

Testing Date:                            Saturday June 18, 2016

Time:                                        Testing times will be scheduled in groups of 6 beginning at 10:00 am

Testing Fee:                              $20.00

(If dog is being tested with 2 handlers there is only one charge.)

(Pairs are not charged a testing fee, but both dogs must have previously passed and been certified)

Please Bring:                             Proof of vaccinations to include rabies tag number.

Your dog’s brush for the grooming portion of the test.

Location:      Azalea Dog Training Club, 13100 US Highway 17 South,  Hampstead, NC




Please fill out the following, provide pre-payment (Made out to Margi Baldwin Moore)

Return both to me by June 13, 2016


Mailing address: Margi Baldwin Moore, 454 Bellingham Court, Florence, SC  29501

Email address:

Handler Name:                                                                                                                                  

Address including City, State and Zip:                                                                                                

Phone including Area Code:                                                                                                               


 Dogs Call Name:                                                                                                                              

 Dog’s age:                                                 Breed:                                      Sex:                              


To see more on our Therapy Dog activity!  Therapy Dog Archives



Kay Rodgers, and one of her four Havana Silk Dogs – pictured here with Quest, was not only ADTC’s Therapy Dog Evaluator, she also ADTC’s most faithful Therapy Dog Team; visiting area Nursing Homes at least once a week every week year round!  There are not enough ‘thank you’s’ in the world that could tell Kay how much she is loved and respected, both for herself and her long time supervision of ADTC’s Therapy Program.

Nancy Parrott remains and Kay was in the past, the contacts and planners of ADTC visiting area Schools, where ADTC Teams demo dog training, tricks and dog safety, hoping to help children be more aware of how to approach and keep safe around dogs.   Please click on the highlighted links for more info on Therapy Dog, Inc, and Canine Good Citizen, which is the first step to a Therapy Dog!

Nancy Parrott was the original Therapy Dog Evaluator here at ADTC.  Thanks to Nancy and Kay, the two of them have inspired many the terrific Team!  Since the mid 70s, ADTC’s dedicated teams have brought smiles back to the faces of many who have very little to smile about!! 

Medical professionals have now acknowledged what ADTC’s teams have known all along; that the interaction between our furry friends and people has a healing and comforting effect. Countless studies show the benefits of Pet Therapy visits.

Some examples are:     *Lowering of blood pressure     *Calming personalities and calming effect on all stressed individuals     *Reaching introverted patients suffering from depression     *Unlocking minds of stroke victims, Alzheimer patients, and brain injured patients     *Excellent Physical Therapists (many patients will play with a dog when they refuse other therapies)

ADTC periodically does testing for Certification for Therapy Dog, Inc., to enable new teams to join us in the ranks of smile givers!


School and Safety Programs    In 1987, ADTC embraced educating children and adults about dogs, in a five county area, including Camp Lejune, the Wilmington Police Department, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs and Brownie Packs.  Since 1989, we have held copywrite on our own Coloring Book, designed and created by Nancy Parrott and the late Gretchen Bannon. This Coloring Book, on Dog Safety, is distributed to the children we visit.

ADTC purchased and donated a set of tapes produced by the American Kennel Club regarding “all things dog”, to the Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties Libraries and each county’s Board of Education Instructional Supplies and Textbooks, and to UNCW School of Education (Elementary level) Department. These tapes include dog care, in age related format how dogs aid mankind, incorporate Math, Composition and Literature for teachers use. As an example; Camp Lejune Elementary School collects cans of dog food for the Base Animal Control and before sending their donation to the facility, they use the cans for counting, weighing and other math problems. The children also write an essay on their favorite breed of dog and must read and make a book report at least one book that is dog related in preparation for ADTC’s visit.

A typical visit varies from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the age of the children. The demos are geared to the age of the kids. School representatives get release forms signed so that the students can have hands on interaction with the dogs. Many aspects of dogs and their relationships with man are covered, including the following:

*Care of dogs     *Breeds/History/Geography of dogs     *The ways dogs help man     *Humans proper behavior around dogs  *How to survive a dog attack     *Petting sessions

ADTC is proud to have hosted the Wilmington Police Department’s Summer Day Camp many times in the last several years. On three separate days, the participants are brought to ADTCs facility by the Police Counselors for a fun-filled instructive morning.

If anyone is interested in having Azalea Dog Training Club’s Team of Educators visit, please contact:
 Nancy Parrott 910 686 4298 or click on the Navigation Bar on our Home Page and email us!

This is a free of charge public service ADTC provides, though donations are welcomed to cover the cost of our Coloring Books. When a donation is given to provide additional Coloring Books, the sponsors name is printed on future copies of the books and acknowledged in our newsletter and website.