and Mom, Dorthy
My destiny of bear making began soon after my mother,
Dorthy passed away from breast cancer. She left behind
a legacy of faith, love, perseverance, and a fur coat.
Mama really loved the coat, so when I saw it hanging in
the closet two years later, I knew I wanted something special
from it. I wanted a teddy bear! I thought, maybe I could try
and make one, however, not only did I not sew,
but I was born with only one hand.
After several attempts, discouraged and frustrated,
I sadly put the idea away. Days later, remembering what
Mama would have said, and how proud I knew she would be,
I couldn't give it up just yet. Mom always told me I could do
anything I wanted to if I believed I could.
So with those words echoing in my mind...
and my heart, I made my first teddy bear.
Now, with each little bear and dog I make, lives the faith and
love of our Mama, and most importantly,
the belief she instilled in me…
I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.
Tammy graduated from the University of
Oklahoma with degrees in Psychology and Philosophy, and Master’s in Human
Relations & Counseling. Tammy worked as a Mental Health Professional,
and soon began her Teddy Bear art and Teddy Bear Therapy.
She designs and creates special memory
bears, and life like dog representations and memorials. Her work is almost exclusively
with those that have lost a loved one or fur-loved one. She also strives to
help the hurting through loss other than death: divorce, rejection,
sadness, job or school stress, infertility, physical illness or disability.
Tammy is currently working on a special
project that involves the therapeutic value of a teddy bear for adults.
This project’s goal is to increase awareness of bearing with one another in
times of sadness and struggles, and inspiring, and encouraging hope and
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Tammy is married to Marc, they reside in
Blanchard, Oklahoma with their 3 fur-children:
Pico & Josie, both miniatures
Schnauzers, and Toby, a miniature poodle.
She has been featured in numerous Dog and
Soft Sculpture magazines. Publications include
Dogs Today published
throughout the United Kingdom Yorky Club, published throughout
Europe. Teddy Bear
Review, Soft Sculpture Dolls and
Animals, Teddy Bear & Friends distributed
throughout the US and abroad.
Her Canine Collectibles are collected not
only in the US but widely recognized and collected internationally
including Japan, Russia, Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand France and
Brazil. She has worked with
MIT in designing the
plush model for a robotic therapeutic teddy bear internationally known as
Additional Publications and Features:
Collectible Corner June 2012
Collectible Corner #2 June 2012
Magic City Original Series June 2011
News April 2010
Tulsa World Dec 2009
News 9 Oklahoma Dec 2009
Channel 6 Dec
Robotic Media Lab “Huggable”
Bear and Friends Summer 2009, thank you Katherine!
Bear Review February 2009
Talk Summer 2009
Health Connection October 2008
Bear Club International September 2007 issue, thank you Alison!
Today May 2007…Great
Britain’s premier dog magazine!
Bear Review August 2006 I
want to thank Trina for sharing my story.
Bear and Friends July 2006,
Bear Scene May 2006 issue, thank you
Yorky Club Magazine June 2006 issue, thank you Sabine and all
the editing & translating staff
Soft Dolls and Animals featured my work in the Nov 2006 issue.
This a Great State or What” feature on KFOR TV Channel 4 Oklahoma, 2003
Bear Review June 2001
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