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Pet Partner Profile: Ann and Howie

In 2010, Ann S. and her family were looking for a non-shedding and hypoallergenic dog for a family pet. They became enchanted with the Havanese breed, found a breeder near Chicago, and went for a visit. Ann says Howie picked them when he was four weeks old. After growing out of being a “terror” as …

Pet Partner Profile: Lisa and Ginger

Lisa C. planned to just ride along with a friend who was getting a puppy. You probably know what happened — Lisa came home with one, too. Ginger, now eight years old, is a Shih Tzu. She has a four-year-old dog brother, Toby, a German Shorthair Pointer. Lisa has two daughters who are involved in …

Pet Partner Profile: Kari and Luna

Kari B. knew about Dogs on Call’s UW dorm visits and for a long time has wanted to help at those events. There was a chance meeting with a DOC member, who told Kari about Pet Partners, and soon Kari and Luna, her five-year-old Newfoundland, were members. Kari’s not a stranger to therapy dog visits, …

Pet Partner Profile: Marie and LuLu

LuLu, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has lived with Marie D. for most of her life. LuLu really belongs to Marie’s daughter; she recently moved to pet-friendly housing, so now Marie has to share. LuLu has quite the busy life with Marie, as they play fetch, run, and even do stand-up paddle boarding together. They …

Pet Partner Profile: Lance and Matilda

You Never Know Who You Will Run Into Matilda & I have visited the Madison Ronald McDonald house only a few times and they are quite easy going visits with the residents and staff. Last month, we signed in and the volunteer pointed to the visiting room and said, “They are waiting for you.” As …

Pet Partner Profile: Stefanie and Jack

Stefanie N. adopted four-month-old Shepherd mix Jack from a humane society in Iowa. He was surrendered to them at two months old because he was given as a birthday present to someone who didn’t want him. He spent two months in a cage at the humane society because that facility doesn’t allow puppies less than …

Pet Partner Profile: Karen and Apollo

Not too long ago, Karen A. was thinking about getting a pet. Her son’s living situation changed and he needed to rehome one of his two dogs. Apollo, a nine-year-old Boxer, came to live with Karen. It was “a perfect fit for both of us,” says Karen. He is an “old gentleman,” she adds.  Karen …

Pet Partner Profile: Kay and Daisy

When Kay’s Golden Retriever, Daisy, retired from the dog show life, she came all the way from a breeder in Canada to settle in Wisconsin. Daisy is a busy girl, joining Kay on visits to Meriter, UW Hospital, the VA Hospital, UW dorms, the Ronald McDonald House, Camp Pawprint, Safety Town, and various community events. …

Radio Interview: Pet therapy, depression, anxiety

Liz Morrison’s Radio Interview On Sunday, November 22 2015, I did an interview with Sande Janagold on WORT Community radio. This was also a call-in show and there was some nice participation. The topic was pet therapy and how it relates to depression and anxiety in women and children.

Dog Bite Prevention Videos

Dog Bite Prevention Videos We hope that you find the following videos informative and helpful.  The first two were produced by a DOC member and are provided to you courtesy of Dogs On Call, Inc.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week: Child and Dog Safety

Child and Dog Safety Dog bites are a public health issue and we want to help you and your children stay safe with dogs.  Data reported from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state there are 4.7 million dog bites annually.  Most of them involve young children. Noted veterinarian and animal behavior scientist, Dr. Ian Dunbar, …

National Dog Bite Prevention Week:  Our presentation

Who Here Likes Dogs?  WE DO! WE DO!  The voices are heard and the hands shoot up! This is the opening of the Dog Bite Prevention Programs presented by Dogs On Call. The program is adjusted according to the age of the audience, but key topics covered include recognizing dog body language; staying away from …

Pet Profile:  Jeff, Mary, Bella, and Sully

Mary and Jeff live in Deerfield with Sully, a five-year-old Chinese Crested Powder Puff, and Bella, a six-year-old English Bulldog crossed with an Olde English Bulldogge. They share their home with six other dogs, two rabbits, one rat, one hedgehog, two parakeets, four hens, one rooster, two goats, and “an assortment of reptiles.” Jeff, Mary, Bella, …

Pet Partner Profile:  Barbara and Murray

Barbara discovered her Pet Partner, Murray, a seven-year-old Black Lab/Hound mix, at the Dane County Humane Society in 2009. Murray and Barbara have a busy schedule, visiting at UW Hospital, UW dorms and libraries, and MTILP, a day center for physically and cognitively disabled adults.

Pet Partner Profile: Karen with Shaka and Zombie

Karen has two Pet Partners. Shaka (pictured alone), a ten-year-old Akita mix, is a rescue from North Carolina. Zombie, a nine-year-old Dutch Shepherd, was from a breeder and “too nice to be a police dog.” Both dogs are familiar sights at many DOC activities, including dog safety events, UW dorm visits, visits to Meriter, the VA …