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Hospital Visits Bring Smiles!

Dogs On Call teams visit all Madison area hospitals and brighten the day of patients, visitors, and staff. The dogs get constant attention and petting as people share their own animal stories and get a little distraction from their daily routine. Teams often hear, “You made my day!”

Pet Partner Profile:  Jan and Ryder

Jan is a long-time DOC member with now-retired Pet Partner Griffin, a 14-year-old West Highland White Terrier, and current Pet Partner Ryder, a 10-year-old Cairn Terrier. Jan and Ryder visit at Gilda’s Club, Meriter and Sauk Prairie Hospitals, attend various community events, and are a R.E.A.D. team.

Dorm Visits are Back!

Visits by Dogs On Call, Inc. teams to UW-Madison dorms are back in full swing!  This popular program brings registered therapy teams to the dorms to visit with students who may be missing pets at home, or who may just be in need of a little furry friendship.  Pictured here are Kooper (Sheltie) and Oliver …

Pat and her Goldendoodle, Colleen, age six, live in Niles, Illinois.  Pat was understandably miserable after having just euthanized her 13-year-old dog. Her family thought a new dog would be the only cure. Meanwhile, one-year-old Colleen (formerly “Mia”) was found tied outside a shelter in the rain.  She had been at the shelter one week …

Member Profile:  Lance and his Pet Partner Matilda

Long-time DOC members are used to seeing Lance accompanied by a Bernese Mountain Dog. Lance and his previous Pet Partner, Baloo, visited for many years; his new Pet Partner is 2-1/2-year-old Matilda. They visit at the UW dorms, expos and fairs, and are planning to visit at both Meriter and the VA Hospital. Lance has seen …

DOC Pet Profile:  Leelo

Leelo is a 6 year old toy terrier mix who enjoys life to the max. Calm and gentle with an ‘old soul’ wisdom, Leelo is a confident little dog with a keen interest in everything around her.  Leelo enjoys visiting at the hospital to share a little terrier sunshine and happiness.  At just under 8 …

Chance and Cate at Agrace HospiceCare

DOC member Cate and her dog Chance were recently featured in an article in the Agrace HospiceCare newsletter. Cate and Chance are part of the Agrace Pet Buddy program and, as part of that program, have been visiting Agrace hospice patients at community facilities in the Madison area.  Agrace patients truly appreciate the support provided …

Dogs On Call at Women’s Expo

The Women’s Expo on November 17 and 18th2012 was a great event with over 8,000 people attending and most of them stopping by the Dogs On Call, Inc. booth. So many nice people petted our dogs, asked for information about therapy animals and inquired how they and their pet could become members. Graciously donated by Meriter Hospital, …

Meet Oliver, our new Cat On Call!

Oliver is what his family calls a kitty/dog!  When Oliver first joined his human family he had a very special personality right from the start.  He is very relaxed and loves people of all ages – even all the little people that come to his human mom’s daycare.  Sometimes the kids even use him as a mountain …

Dogs On Call Visits Gilda’s Club

Bonnie and Rusty (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) share a smile with two young members of Gilda’s Club. Dogs On Call visits Gilda’s Club throughout the year, offering comfort to adults and children affected by cancer.

DOC Pet Profile:  Grady

Grady is a seven year old chocolate Labrador Retriever who loves to meet everybody with a full body wiggle. Even though he is a retriever, retrieving is definitely not his thing – once or twice is enough. He has a six year old sister, Gretl, who loves to retrieve. Grady enjoys hearing stories (R.E.A.D. is a …

Swing:  A Reason to Smile

“This is very exciting to hear.  Dad always did love dogs so it’s good to hear he continues to do so.  I hope to visit with dad tonight and this will give us something more to speak about.  I purchased a LIFE book of dogs yesterday and I’ll have to ask him if any of …

Torie:  “The dog that has been visiting me”

“I just wanted to share this with you.  Last week when I went to visit my Mom, she was excited to tell me that she had a picture of, as she put it, ‘the dog that has been visiting me.’  She showed me the business card with Torie’s picture on it.  I thought it was …