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.

Visiting Dallastown Manor Care November 2021

Dominique visited the residents at Dallastown Manor Care on November 5th. We always show pictures of the people we visit, but the staff is important to us as well! Everywhere we go it is the staff that makes everything run smoothly. They make residents, patients, and people in their care feel needed and loved. However, staff and directors have these very same needs. As you can see, Dominique understands, and his love is given to everyone. He also makes them laugh – it’s not every day you see the back end of a little horse sticking out of a doorway!

Dominique Visiting Dallastown Manor Care November 2021
Dominique Visiting Dallastown Manor Care November 2021
Dominique Visiting Dallastown Manor Care November 2021
Dominique Visiting Dallastown Manor Care November 2021
Dominique Visiting Dallastown Manor Care November 2021
Dominique Visiting Dallastown Manor Care November 2021

Dominique is also available for events held to thank staff members at hospitals or nursing homes. These have been very trying times for them as well!

Visiting Wilmington Ronald McDonald House October 2021

Ronald McDonald House programs, located near top children’s hospitals, allow parents who are far from home to stay close to their hospitalized child and benefit from the comforts of home without incurring hotel and food costs.

On October 19th, in the late afternoon, Dominique visited Supergirl and the other excited children at the Wilmington, DE Ronald McDonald House! These kids are all Super Heroes and Dominique was pleased to bring them lots of smiles.

  • Dominique Visiting Wilmington, DE Ronald McDonald House October 2021
  • Dominique Visiting Wilmington, DE Ronald McDonald House October 2021
  • Dominique Visiting Wilmington, DE Ronald McDonald House October 2021
  • Dominique Visiting Wilmington, DE Ronald McDonald House October 2021
  • Dominique Visiting Wilmington, DE Ronald McDonald House October 2021
  • Dominique Visiting Wilmington, DE Ronald McDonald House October 2021
  • Dominique Visiting Wilmington, DE Ronald McDonald House October 2021
  • Dominique Visiting Wilmington, DE Ronald McDonald House October 2021
  • Dominique Visiting Wilmington, DE Ronald McDonald House October 2021

A recent posting on Facebook by staff stated, “Our House got a visit from Dominique’s Smiles yesterday! This miniature therapy horse may be small, but he gave our families (and staff) some big snuggles! Thank you, Dominique!”

Visiting The Mill at Red Lion October 2021

Dominique Visiting The Mill at Red Lion October 2021

I guess this woman was one of the reasons we were there at The Mill of Red Lion‘s event in PA on October 9th. She and her husband were driving by and when she saw Dominique she was so delighted they had to stop and meet him! She has a very aggressive form of cancer. On the following Monday she was to begin chemo treatments for quite a long time and then lots of radiation.

When she told me her story, and how just petting Dominique made her feel better, I told her to follow us into The Mill. There Beth, the manager, surprised her with a plush Dominique! Her husband later told me she is planning on taking the Little Dom with her for every treatment.

Dominique Visiting The Mill at Red Lion October 2021
Dominique Visiting The Mill at Red Lion October 2021

Visiting Camden Ronald McDonald House September 14, 2021

Ronald McDonald House programs, located near top children’s hospitals, allow parents who are far from home to stay close to their hospitalized child and benefit from the comforts of home without incurring hotel and food costs.

Dominique was invited to visit the Camden Ronald McDonald House on September 14, 2021. These photos are a gift to everyone who is a part of Dominique’s Smiles and has helped to make this ministry happen. If you could see through their masks, you would see all the smiles that Dominique brings, not only to sick children but their families as well. The world is full of caring, loving people!

  • Dominique visting the Camden Ronald McDonald House on September 14, 2021.
  • Dominique visting the Camden Ronald McDonald House on September 14, 2021.
  • Dominique visting the Camden Ronald McDonald House on September 14, 2021.
  • Dominique visting the Camden Ronald McDonald House on September 14, 2021.
  • Dominique visting the Camden Ronald McDonald House on September 14, 2021.
  • Dominique visting the Camden Ronald McDonald House on September 14, 2021.
  •  Dominique visting the Camden Ronald McDonald House on September 14, 2021.
  • Dominique visting the Camden Ronald McDonald House on September 14, 2021.
  • Dominique visting the Camden Ronald McDonald House on September 14, 2021.
This couple’s baby is in the hospital. They were thrilled to receive a plush Dominique to place by their baby's hospital bed.
This couple’s baby is in the hospital. They were thrilled to receive a plush Dominique to place by their baby’s hospital bed. They plan to take a photo of their baby with the little horse every year as a reminder of their stay at the Ronald McDonald House and all of the caring people they met there.

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 Baltimore Ronald McDonald House July 26, 2021

Ronald McDonald House programs, located near top children’s hospitals, allow parents who are far from home to stay close to their hospitalized child and benefit from the comforts of home without incurring hotel and food costs.

Dominique was invited to visit the children and their families staying at the Baltimore, MD Ronald McDonald House on July 26.

  • Dominique visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.
  • Dominique visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.
  • Dominique visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.
  • Dominique visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.
  • Dominique visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.
  • Dominique visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.
  • Dominique visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.
  • Dominique visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.
  • Dominique visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.
  • Dominique visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.
  • Dominique visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.
  • Dominique visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.
  • Dominique after visiting the children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, MD on July 26.

Judging by the smiles on the faces of the children in these photos, Dominique did his job well! For the children, it was a welcome break from the daily regime of pain and cancer treatments. For the parents and siblings, it was an opportunity to see the pure joy on their child’s faces as they interacted with Dominique. It was the first time many of them had ever seen a live horse up close.

Each child was given a plush Dominique to keep thanks to the caring people who make donations to Dominique’s Smiles.

Spring Forge Intermediate School Visit

Dominique visited a total of 20 excited students in three classrooms at Spring Forge Intermediate School in Manchester, PA on May 25th! Each class visited Dominique’s website the day before his appearance to learn all about Dominique. The students wrote good questions to ask us when we arrived the next day. After questions were answered, Sandy told a story about how bullying hurts and that it is good to be different using Dominique as an example. Each student received a plush Dominique to remember their visit.

Mrs. Thompson’s Class: Alex Aponte, Star Malave, Ben Alessi, Ava Eisenhour and Alexander Schaeffer
Mrs. Thompson’s Class: Alex Aponte, Star Malave, Ben Alessi, Ava Eisenhour and Alexander Schaeffer
  • Dominique Visiting Students in Mrs. Thompson’s Class
  • Dominique Visiting Students in Mrs. Thompson’s Class
  • Dominique Visiting Students in Mrs. Thompson’s Class
  • Dominique Visiting Students in Mrs. Thompson’s Class
  • Dominique Visiting Students in Mrs. Thompson’s Class

Miss Laird’s Class: Jacob Haapala, (Miss Kayla), Natasha Boltersdorf, (Mrs. Shank), Yandiel Martinez, David Maldonado-Padon, (Miss Laird) and Matao Roldes
Miss Laird’s Class: Jacob Haapala, (Miss Kayla), Natasha Boltersdorf, (Mrs. Shank), Yandiel Martinez, David Maldonado-Padon, (Miss Laird) and Matao Roldes
  • Dominique visits Miss Laird’s Class
  • Dominique visits Miss Laird’s Class
  • Dominique visits Miss Laird’s Class
  • Dominique visits Miss Laird’s Class
  • Dominique visits Miss Laird’s Class

Mrs. Stephens’ Class: Tabitha Gominger, Mason Diffenderfer, AJ Schlasta and Devon Wise
Mrs. Stephens’ Class: Tabitha Gominger, Mason Diffenderfer, AJ Schlasta and Devon Wise
  • Dominique visits Mrs. Stephens’ Class
  • Dominique visits Mrs. Stephens’ Class
  • Dominique visits Mrs. Stephens’ Class
  • Dominique visits Mrs. Stephens’ Class

Park City Center Visit

Even though Dominique has been unable to visit children in hospitals due to COVID-19, nothing stops us from making people smile! On a recent visit to Park City Center in Lancaster, where we brought lots of excitement, we were joined by Abby Romberger, Pennsylvania Teen Miss United States Agriculture. Dominique brought smiles to people of all ages.

  • Dominique's Park City Center Visit
  • Dominique's Park City Center Visit
  • Park City Center Visit
  • Dominique's Park City Center Visit
  • Dominique's Park City Center Visit
  • Dominique's Park City Center Visit
  • Dominique's Park City Center Visit
  • Dominique's Park City Center Visit
  • Dominique's Park City Center Visit
  • Dominique's Park City Center Visit
  • Park City Center Visit
  • Park City Center Visit
  • Dominique Visiting Park City Center
  • Park City Center Visit
  • Dominique Visits Park City Center
  • Dominique Visits Park City Center
  • Dominique Visits Park City Center
  • Park City Center Visit
  • Park City Center Visit
  • Dominique Visits Park City Center
  • Dominique Visits Park City Center
  • Dominique Visits Park City Center
  • Dominique Leaving Park City Center Visit
Sandy and Abby with plush Dominique toy that children receive during visits.
Sandy and Abby

Our trips to Park City Center help keep Dominique tuned up for when he can finally visit children in hospitals. Abby shows off the 8″ plush horse every child receives during our visit.