Marian Silverman is a Licensed Family Therapist and Educational Psychologist whose life’s work has been in the field of Education, Counseling and School Psychology. After retirement, she adopted the puppy she had longed for all her life. Marian and Holly Go Lightly, a Golden Retriever and registered therapy dog were the first human-canine team at the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital of UCLA's Medical Center. As a consultant to the People-Animal Connection Program(PAC), Marian trained volunteers using Animal-Assisted Therapy techniques appropriate for a psychiatric population. Holly was the 'demo' dog for PAC until her death in 2002. Marian has written about the power of the human-animal bond. She was published in Animal Fair magazine in a featured article entitled 'Leader of the Pack.' Awareness magazine published her articles: 'Take One Dog and Call Me in the Morning' and 'Saying Goodbye/A Death in the Family.' She lives in Culver City with her two feline friends, Gracie and Tabatha. Currently, she offers bereavement counseling for pet loss.

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