We bring joy to chronically and terminally ill children and their families by surrounding them with a Pile of Puppies.


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Founder’s
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"Jen from POP was so thoughtful about setting up a successful experience for our family. She really thought ahead and asked questions to customize it carefully for our unique needs. It was just the right amount of snuggles and joy without being too tiring for my daughter. It was a blast for the girls and is now a special memory that we like to talk about."

Julia Thompson
Mother

"I really enjoyed being able to put a smile on a little girl's face, as well as giving her and her family some time that wasn't about being sick. The puppies benefited with another car ride, meeting new people and being in a new place.

Jen made sure that everything was safe for the puppies, the family had a dog free, and clean, home. It was an all around great experience!"

Jennifer Brightbill
Breeder

"Having a pile of puppies in our house brought such delight and lightness to our family. Our kids anticipated it for days and are still talking about the adorable puppies. It was such a wonderful ray of sunshine that we all needed and loved. Thank you!"

Meg D.
Mother

By Newsner
April 1, 2018

Founder's Story: "Jennifer was once a very sick kid fighting to survive… Today she gives terminally ill children hope."

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By MSN.com
April 4, 2018

Tribute to Holly. Holly's motto, "Love is Everywhere" literally was seen by over a million people around the world. Before she passed away she learned that her last wish to share this motto with the world, truly happened. Rest In Peace beautiful Angel.

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By ABC
March 27, 2018

A young girl with terminal cancer has been comforted by a visit from a literal pile of puppies, with photos and video shared on March 26. A litter of miniature bull terrier puppies was brought to Holly’s bedside to gently play with her, and some of the pups took the opportunity to peacefully take a nap beside her. The organisation Pile of Puppies shared images and video from the day, writing, “Pile of Puppies is here to show that grace, suffering, beauty, pain, joy and light can all come together in our last days on this planet. Puppies allow the heart to stay open even when it is breaking apart. Pile of Puppies is more than a pile of puppies….they truly are a healing salve in a time when a glimmer of light is so needed.”

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By Fox News
March 27, 2018

A young girl with terminal cancer has a wish to share her motto, "Love is Everywhere" and her wish was granted as 100's of thousands of people have witnessed her Hospice Pile of Puppies.

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By MSNBC
March 27, 2018

A young girl with terminal cancer has been comforted by a visit from a literal pile of puppies, with photos and video shared on March 26. A litter of miniature bull terrier puppies was brought to Holly’s bedside to gently play with her, and some of the pups took the opportunity to peacefully take a nap beside her.The organisation Pile of Puppies shared images and video from the day, writing, “Pile of Puppies is here to show that grace, suffering, beauty, pain, joy and light can all come together in our last days on this planet. Puppies allow the heart to stay open even when it is breaking apart. Pile of Puppies is more than a pile of puppies….they truly are a healing salve in a time when a glimmer of light is so needed.”

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By KGW
March 23, 2018

Pile of Puppies + Pile of Firefighters + Kids on National Puppy Day video with KGW.

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By Daily Telegraph AU
March 27, 2018

A young girl with terminal cancer has been comforted by a visit from a literal pile of puppies, with photos and video shared on March 26. A litter of miniature bull terrier puppies was brought to Holly’s bedside to gently play with her, and some of the pups took the opportunity to peacefully take a nap beside her. The organisation Pile of Puppies shared images and video from the day, writing, “Pile of Puppies is here to show that grace, suffering, beauty, pain, joy and light can all come together in our last days on this planet. Puppies allow the heart to stay open even when it is breaking apart. Pile of Puppies is more than a pile of puppies….they truly are a healing salve in a time when a glimmer of light is so needed.”

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By Julie Evensen
March 23, 2018

Pile of Puppies + Firefighters + Kids on National Puppy Day live stream with Oregonian Live. (It begins at the 22 min mark)

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By NBA.com
March 7, 2018

Blazers + POP = Pure Joy Video!

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By NBA.com
February 26, 2018

What is better than a Pile of Puppies? A Pile of Puppies + The Blazers! Great photos!

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By Helen Raptis
February 6, 2018

"It's hard not to smile when you see a puppy. Even harder not to laugh when a little furball licks your face. That's why Jennifer Trepanier created Pile of Puppies--to bring a joyful experience to chronically ill children and their families by surrounding them with furry, four-legged love! Helen Raptis got to help out when Pile of Puppies visited the Christopherson-Engh family whose 9-year-old daughter Hayden is fighting osteosarcoma."

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By Faith Brarr
October 19, 2018

Jennifer Thompson Trepanier is no stranger to chronic illnesses. When she was 12, Jennifer was diagnosed with dermatomyositis, a rare disease that caused her immune system to attack her muscles. For months she couldn't get out of bed and even had trouble swallowing. After four years, she finally went into remission, but her early twenties brought a wave of unexplained fevers and joint pains that lasted three years. In light of these treacherous experiences, Jennifer knew she wanted to help people who spent their lives fighting serious illnesses. "I was on Facebook, and I saw this video of puppies being piled on people," Jennifer told TODAY. "I said, that's what I want to bring to people who are sick and dying... a light in the darkness."

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By Embry Roberts
October 18, 2016

"Can you think of any problem a literal pile of puppies wouldn’t solve — if only for a few hours? No? Neither can we … and neither could Jennifer Thompson Trepanier of Portland, Oregon. Trepanier founded nonprofit organization Pile of Puppies in hopes of bringing some four-legged comfort and joy to chronically ill children and their families."

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By Rosemarie Stein
February 24, 2016

"A caring friend sought to help ease some of the young girl's pain and stress by matching her up with a litter of puppies owned by Jennifer Brightbill of Brechbuhler Bernese Mountain Dogs of Oregon City. The result was an afternoon of fun and excitement for a very brave little girl (and her sister Ruby, 3) as well as an excellent socialization opportunity for the puppies.“

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By Reporters Troy and Andrea
October 31, 2016

Live Interview on Fox News. "Pile of Puppies brings puppies to sick children"

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By Jenny Hansson
October 13, 2016

“I went into this for the children, but I came out of it for the mothers,” Trepanier said. “Usually they’re the last one to let go of the puppies.”

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