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


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.

Petie the Pony logged more than 90 hours of bedside care in 2012 [Photo Gallery]

Petie always leaves behind a stuffed replica of himself so patients can cherish his special visits

Petie the Pony may be short in stature, but he’s sure long on endurance.

Giddy Up! I found the perfect support group

Sue and Kim of Victory Gallop hold onto Baby Jude while he rides Petie the Pony

Since our journey with Baby Jude began, I have been invited to several support groups. (P.S. When you are repeatedly given a flyer listing a support group date and time, it just might be a hint that you should attend. Thank you, Help Me Grow Tim. You are nothing if not subtle.) I tried it. I […]

Petie’s back in the saddle again

The kids go gaga for Petie

After a long winter hiatus, our patients welcomed Petie the Pony and his handlers at Victory Gallop with open arms. Today, Petie was mobbed by kids when he arrived at the nursing station in our school-age inpatient unit, all hankering to get their hands on a horse with which they can see eye to eye. […]

Petie the Pony visits Akron Children’s

While no child looks forward to a stay in the hospital, a visit from Petie the Pony is often just what the doctor ordered. This Children’s Channel video provides a pony’s-eye view as Petie visits a patient floor at Akron Children’s Hospital, from his three baths at Victory Gallup farms the day before to the […]

Petie the Pony

Petie the Pony is sure to put a smile on kids’ faces when making the rounds at Akron Children’s Hospital. Certified through the Delta Society, Petie is a miniature horse/Shetland pony that has been serving the community since 1997. This WKYC-TV report details the story behind Petie’s visits to the hospital, from the cleaning up […]