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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?

Puppy love, Sammy style

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Sammy, loved and handled by Barbara McKelvey, loves his position as an official Doggie Brigader. And the feeling is mutual for Shannon Bitskay, a 13 year old undergoing treatment for lymphoma.

The unsinkable Molly Frey, lifts the mood of patients with her Yorkie-Poo charm

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It’s impossible to have sinking spirits when Molly is on the scene. One of our newest Doggie Brigade members, this little Yorkie-Poo is big on personality. Her handlers are Brent and Dot Frey, of Clinton, and they couldn’t be more pleased to share their beautiful girl with the patients at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Attentive, caring staff and Doggie Brigade combine for special ER visit

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My 12-year-old autistic son has been suffering from dizziness and loss of vision. Because of a prior experience with my other son at Akron Children’s, I was confident he would have a good experience as well.

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

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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.