FURiends (friends) of Family Resources
Two English Labrador dogs, named Mac and Cheese

Meet Mac & Cheese

No Ordinary Pups!

Mac & Cheese, our English Labrador Retrievers, are on their journey to complete 150 hours of training to pass their Public Access Test and become Facility Dogs at Family Resources. They will work collaboratively with our mental & behavioral health specialists, educators, and licensed therapists to help families and children recover from trauma.

Working 10-30 hours per week, Mac and Cheese will be in various settings such as our Therapeutic Preschool, Outpatient Counseling Center, BJWL Afterschool Program, and in the homes of families receiving our services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Facility dogs (like Mac & Cheese) are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for individuals but in a variety of settings such as schools, doctor offices, afterschool programs, and much more. They are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which allows them to go places where animals are typically forbidden.
  • Service dogs are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with disabilities and are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This means they have full public access rights or, in other words, are allowed to go places where animals are typically forbidden.
  • Therapy dogs are trained to provide affection, comfort and support to people who need it. Although their work is equally important as Service and Facility dogs, they are not protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act and don’t have the same legal right to access in public spaces.

We sure are! We were born on December 5, 2022, to mom, Sadie, and dad, Magic of Piqua, Ohio

  • Calming and Redirection We will give deep pressure to provide to reduce anxiety and redirect (visit, lap, squish)
  • Motor Skills and Modeling We will promote the use of fine motor skills and physical rehabilitation (crawl, fetch, spin, grooming)
  • Learning and Communication We will remain in position for therapeutic and communication purposes (down, settle, stay, stand)

We will work with our professional colleagues for a minimum of 20 hours per week in various settings such as our Therapeutic Preschool, Outpatient Counseling Center, afterschool programs and in the homes of clients receiving services.

I, Mac, live with my Human (aka Handler & Mom) Aimee Kolick who is also the Executive Director of Family Resources and creator of FURiends. Cheese lives with his Human (Handler & Mom) Nina Wiebalk who is the Manager of the FURiends program. Both of us are surrounded by multiple fur siblings in our homes and lots of love from our Humans.

We, along with our Humans, will need to complete 150 hours of “formal training” under the guidance of their trainer who is certified by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and Family Dog Mediation. Although every dog is unique, we are expecting to take our Public Access Test between the age of 2-2 ½ years old.

We have been trained to remain under our handler’s control at all times.

  • We have been fully vaccinated and do not pose a health threat to other people or animals.
  • Our humans and handlers have been trained to ensure that we can access public areas occupied by other people and animals. We will be unobtrusive to the public and will not pose any public hazards.
  • We can enter and exit any form of transportation (including public transportation and cars) in a safe manner.
  • We can ride in any form of transportation (including planes, trains, and cars) in a controlled manner.
  • We can navigate parking lots safely.
  • We will not interact with other people unless instructed to do so.
  • We will not lick or closely sniff food or other items in a market or store.
  • We will not bump into shelves or interact with merchandise in a store.
  • We can enter buildings in a controlled manner.
  • We can perform our job or task despite distractions encountered in public environments.
  • We can hold a sit, down or stand stay on cue for at least 30 seconds.
  • We come on cue from six feet or greater.
  • We will focus on our handler on cue.
  • We do not act inappropriately when touched by a stranger.
  • We can ignore, greet, or get out of the way of a stranger.
  • We can walk past and leave food that is on the ground.
  • We will not beg or attempt to eat or sniff food on the floor or tables if in a restaurant.
  • We can enter and exit elevators and ride up and down without any issues.
  • We can perform our job or task even in the presence of other animals.
  • We can enter public restrooms without causing a disturbance.
  • We have been trained to interact with other dogs and people in a calm and inviting manner.
  • We will not bark excessively, unless task-related, or act aggressively toward any dog or person without extreme provocation, such as being attacked by another dog.
  • We will not jump or lunge on other people or animals.
  • We will not urinate and defecate in appropriate areas.
  • We may acknowledge nearby noises but will not in any way show aggression or fear (other than a normal startle reaction).
  • We will not become aggressive or fearful due to noise or distractions in public environments. 

About us

Mac & Cheese
Facility Dogs

Nina Wiebalk
Manager of FURiends & Handler

Aimee Kolick
Founder of FURiends & Handler

Help Mac & Cheese

Start Your Own Fundraiser

This is a great way to get the family involved in creating a world where every child lives free from the fear of abuse!

Would your Girl/Boy Scout Troop, church group, PTO/PTA, school, or local farmers market like to fundraise for FURiends of Family Resources? Contact us directly for guidance, resources and to ask if Mac & Cheese can attend your event!

Contact Us

Pet Wash

A pet wash is a classic, reliable way to lather up some cash for FURiends of Family Resources. Gather supplies like pet-friendly soap, buckets, towels, and more. Then pick a date with a promising weather report and start advertising. We’ll be happy to make flyers for you to make sure folks know where their donation is going! The day of your pet wash, have more information about your fundraiser at the ready with a smartphone or tablet for easy mobile giving.

Strut Your Mutt

Everyone knows that a happy pet is a sleepy pet, worn out after a day of exercise. To get animals moving in your neighborhood, hold a pet walk-a-thon. Pick a time and place that will make it easy for people to join in. Ask people for donations to participate. Set up water and snack stations along the way for humans and their pets.

Homemade Barkery Sale

A homemade treat is a joy to humans and animals alike. Nowadays, there are many recipes for pet snacks you can make from scratch. Pick a few tasty recipes and when they’re ready, package them in cute bags to sell. Set up a booth in your neighborhood, work with a farmer’s market, school, or veterinarian’s office to find a time and place to sell your treats. We’ll help you create the flyers to advertise and make sure folks know they’ll be supporting FURiends of Family Resources.

Puppy-Friendly Happy Hour

Most people love dogs and beer, so why not combine the two in a pet-friendly yappy hour? Partner with a local brewery, bar, or eatery that’s willing to donate a portion of the proceeds to FURiends of Family Resources. You could even ask the business to offer a special, like Puppy Porter or Animal Ale.

Homemade Dog Toys

Play is essential for a dog’s happiness, and there are few better ways to get pups engaged than with their favorite toys. Make your own homemade dog toys to give in exchange for donations to FURiends of Family Resources. Old clothes and towels make great rope toys; tennis balls and fabric can transform into a fun tug toy; and plastic bottles can be made into an interactive feeder toy with a little elbow grease and some kibble.

Dog Kissing Booth

There’s nothing sweeter in the world than a smooch from a pooch, and what better way to brighten up the world than with a dog kissing booth? With a cardboard box, some art supplies, and a few friendly dogs, you can have your own dog kissing booth in no time. Check with local farmer markets, fairs, and sporting events to see if you can set up your booth to raise money for FURiends of Family Resources.

Pet Picture Day

For a pet picture day, you can ask a local photographer to donate their time and set up a “studio” at your shelter or organization. Then, invite pet owners to come and have their pets’ pictures taken! You can have props that can be used during the photoshoot and a snack station for animals and pet owners alike. To raise money, you can charge a fee for the pictures, but you can also sell packages of other merchandise with the pet pictures on them. Who wouldn’t love a t-shirt or a mug with their pet on the front? You can also combine this fundraiser with #1 and #6 to take a picture of your freshly groomed pet giving a smooch!


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