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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 …

Pet Partner Profile: Lance and Matilda

Lance with a Bernese Mountain Dog is a familiar sight to long-time DOC members. Lance and Baloo visited for many years; his new Pet Partner is four-year-old Matilda. They visit at the UW dorms, the VA Hospital, and various community expos and fairs. Lance also helps with Pet Partners evaluations.

Pet Partner Profile: Pat and Wilson

Pat’s four-year-old Springer Spaniel, Wilson, is an “import” to Wisconsin, from a line of champions in Michigan. They have a busy therapy dog schedule, with visits at Colonial Club Adult Daycare in Sun Prairie, Meadowmere Assisted Living in Madison, Meriter and UW Hospitals, occasional trips to the Ronald McDonald House, as well as R.E.A.D. sessions …

Pet Partner Profile:  Dana and Ozzie

Dana needed the help of her young sons when picking out their Golden Retriever. The breeder had two dogs with litters two days apart – 21 dogs to pick from! That was over 11 years ago, when Ozzie joined their family. Dana and Ozzie cover most age groups in their visit schedule, going to UW …

Pet Partner Profile: Lydia and Daisy Mae

Lydia’s Pet Partner is Daisy Mae, a six-year-old Papillon, who at six pounds is possibly the smallest member of DOC. Daisy Mae’s size may be small, but she carries a big visit calendar: Wynwood West (assisted living), Avalon (assisted living & memory care), a R.E.A.D. program at the Cambridge Community Library, and filling in for other R.E.A.D. …

Pet Partner Profile:  Sue and Molly

Sue took the runt of the litter, whom no one wanted. That was lucky for all of us, as Chocolate Lab Molly, now 12 years old, has made so many people happy during visits at the Meriter Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital, the VA Hospital’s psychiatry inpatient unit, UW dorms,numerous R.E.A.D. sessions, and many meet-and-greets …

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