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.

Roxie’s energy and love has lifted the spirits of many

My Pet Partner’s name is Roxie. Roxie is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, famous for their affectionate nature. We had the honor of participating in Akron Children’s Doggie Brigade from July of 2011 to June of 2012. Though we only had one year of visiting due to Roxie’s heart condition, we still accumulated a fair amount of stories for our memory banks.

Hannah’s a mellow yellow Doggie Brigade member

Janet Morgan and her golden retriever, Hannah, feel that making a child smile is a highlight of the Doggie Brigade experience at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Doggie Brigade canine to star in Annie

Agility champion, Rally Obedience champion, and thespian are just a few accomplishments on Quincy Ennis’ resume, but he doesn’t like to brag. In fact, he likes to bark. Quincy, an 11-year-old golden retriever, collie and German shepherd mix, is a member of Akron Children’s Doggie Brigade.