Surprise Birthday Visit

Bob, who lives in the York area, received a surprise Birthday Visit from Dominique on December 6, 2021! Virginia, a friend, also enjoyed the visit.

Bob, who lives in the York area, received a surprise Birthday Visit from Dominique
Virginia, a friend, also enjoyed the visit with Dominique

A Visit with Mary

Dominique stopped by to see Mary Anne Kilgore every time he visited Dallastown Manor Care. They both looked forward to their time together.

Mary Anne passed away on November 25, 2021. Our visits will be missed. It is an honor her family chose this photo of our last visit in November to be in her obituary. Dominique surprised the family by being at Mary Anne’s graveside service.

Dominique stopped by to see Mary Anne Kilgore
Dominique surprised the family by being at Mary Anne’s graveside service.

A Visit With Vivian

Dear Dominique Smiles,
Thank you so much for the wonderful experience with Dominique. My daughter has never seen a horse but absolutely loved brushing and petting him. The interaction seemed to relax her. Dominique is so gentle that she had no fear of riding him. It was truly a way for her to escape all the fear and pain of her cancer for a few hours. After meeting Dominique, she is now asking for riding lessons!
Thank you again,
Vivian’s Mommy

Dominique visits with Vivian and her sister
Dominique visits with Vivian
Dominique visits with Vivian

Note From Sandy: It is rare I give a child a ride on Dominique. He cannot carry much weight. Vivian is 3 1/2 years old and cancer has been a part of her little life for most of those years. Of course her big sister also received a plush Dominique!

Visiting Karen Blevins

The following story is what Dominique’s Smiles is all about for children, adults, and families in many timeless ways – replacing the hurt and pain with good memories.

Dominique visited Karen Blevins a few days before Christmas in 2020 and brought her a plush mini-horse. To see her joy and the smile on her face was very humbling. Karen passed on in May.

Dominique visited Karen Blevins a few days before Christmas in 2020 and brought her a plush mini-horse.
Dominique visited Karen Blevins a few days before Christmas in 2020 and brought her a plush mini-horse.
Dominique visited Karen Blevins a few days before Christmas in 2020 and brought her a plush mini-horse.

Christmas is too often associated with giving gifts. We tend to think we must spend hundreds of dollars to find the perfect gift for our loved ones. Sometimes the gift of a smile is the greatest gift we can give to those we love as well as folks we’ve just met. True to his mission, Dominique provided Christmas smiles this week to Karen Blevins who is house bound with multiple health problems. As you can see, Karen’s husband Donald could not help but smile as well. Thank you Dominique and Sandy for making Karen’s day! ~ Beth Innerst.

Visiting Anne Wagner

Anne Wagner, a horsewoman icon in York County, PA agreed to be our very first home visit. She knew how much this mission meant to me. We have shared many laughs over the years, and this was one more!

Dominique and Sandy visiting Anne Wagner