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Alumnus pens another ‘Chase,’ the therapy dog, adventure

Peter Buttress, AU class of 1962 and University Trustee emeritus, recently published his second children’s book, “Chase Gets a Pen Pal.”

The story is about a young girl who is in hospital. She is not feeling well, she is bored, and she misses her friends at school. In walks Chase, the therapy dog, who immediately lifts her spirits. She smiles as she pets him and after he leaves to go to another room, she decides to write him a thank-you letter. To her surprise, he writes back and they begin a year-long pen pal relationship during which he explains what he does to lift the spirits of those who are ill, lonely, or just in need of a friend.

Peter’s first book, “Chase Gets a Medal,” published by AuthorHouse in 2011, also teaches children what a therapy dog does. He has taken it to numerous elementary schools and summer camps to read to students.

Both books are available at