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Akron Children's has a Doggie Brigade™ program at its Akron campus and Beeghly campus in Boardman. All dogs must pass a thorough veterinary exam and behavioral screening process to be accepted into the program. Screenings are offered once a year for each campus. Do you have a Doggie Brigade memory to share?

It’s all in the family when it comes to Goldendoodles

Diane Bratt and her dog Sophie hang out with the Thomas twins, of Youngstown.

Diane Bratt knows her beautiful goldendoodle Sophie is a diamond in the “ruff.” She’s one of those amazing dogs with just the right temperament to be a member of Akron Children’s Hospital’s Doggie Brigade.

Spats’ visits are golden to childhood cancer patients

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Spat might be named after a gangster from the movie, “Some Like It Hot,” but there’s nothing sinister about this golden retriever and card-carrying member of the Akron Children’s Hospital Doggie Brigade.

Jajca is a good egg

Doggie Brigade volunteer Linda Lester and Jajca

There’s at least one special thing to look forward to every Monday at Akron Children’s Hospital and his name is Jajca. Monday is the day Doggie Brigade member Linda Lester volunteers to share Jajca with patients on our hematology-oncology unit.

Celebrating Kelly and Sandy from the Doggie Brigade

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I have been putting this off for a long time. I meant to write this 2 years ago when the Doggie Brigade celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Doggie Brigade encounter feels like home

Memphis, 4, with Dallice, who is three months old.

I was in Akron Children’s Hospital this year with my newborn daughter. On this particular night, there had been a tornado warning while I was in the Reinberger Center kitchen getting something to eat.

Animal magnetism: Dog and pony show is great for our patients

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Doggie Brigade handler Chris Witschey has seen the power animals can have on hospitalized children.One of our brigade’s most dedicated handlers, Witschey has been bringing three dogs, two of which have special needs, to the hospital on a regular basis for the past 8 years.