Dog Who Welcomed And Comforted Funeral Home Visitors Remembered

On Tuesday, a Michigan funeral home honored and remembered a special dog who spent her life providing comfort and joy to people who needed it the most. The golden retriever, named Hollie, spent much of her 16 years of life greeting and comforting guests at the Betzler Life Story Funeral Home – according to those who knew her, she was “a born natural,” as far as therapy dogs go.

Years ago, Scott Betzler, Hollie’s owner, was inspired to have the intuitive pup work as a therapy dog at the funeral home, reported Mlive. Hollie took to her duties beautifully – according to the funeral home website, she “knew her mission was simply to love everyone and love often.”

Patrick Bauschke, a Betzler funeral director, told Mlive:

“She happily greeted people at the door, mingled throughout visitations and services, and offered a calming and comforting influence on those who needed her most.”

Dozens of people, touched at some point in their life by Hollie, have been leaving remembrances of her, and for her family, on her own “Life Tail” page. Time and again, the words, “sweet, special, and a gentle soul,” are used to describe the beloved dog.

On February 7, the day after Hollie’s death, Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes commented on their tremendous loss:

“Hollie has impacted so many people with her gentle paws and sweet soul throughout her 16 years. She will be missed beyond compare.”

Find Hollie’s Life Tail here.

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Elaine Whinston says:

    What a wonderful idea to have a sweet soul to comfort mourners!

  2. Sloan Cowart says:

    Great article and beautiful tribute to Hollie

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