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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: 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 …

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 …