cm_canine2Carlsbad-based Hospice of the North Coast (HNC) has partnered with Solana Beach-based Tender Loving Canines (TLC) to obtain a Labrador retriever, Stevie, to help end-of-life patients who receive symptom management care at HNC’s Pacifica House find solace, comfort, and joy. Stevie was trained as a service dog by two inmates in the Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Hope (POOCH) program at Donovan State Correctional Facility in South San Diego County. Beginning in the spring of this year, Stevie began her work at HNC. “She turns Pacifica House into a genuine home for terminally ill people and their families at a stressful time,” said Danielle Nowicki, Pacifica House Volunteer Coordinator. “She’s there when people need her most.”

TLC seeks to transform the lives of wounded warriors, individuals with disabilities, and end-of-life patients by building a dedicated community of service dogs, trainers, and volunteers. Learn more at