Veteran Akron Children’s Doggie Brigade™ handler Bernie Schwartz smiles as he pets the glossy coat of his black Labrador retriever, Maddie. “This is the best job I’ve ever had, and I’ve never made a dime,” he laughed. Schwartz joined Doggie Brigade in 1992, when former director of volunteer services Marilyn McGuckin lead the efforts to […]
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 almost National Therapy Animal Day (April 30) with Pet Partners, and we can’t wait to celebrate the amazing impact they have on our patients! Many research studies show the benefits and value of therapy animals, but Jerry Miller, 12, and Jack Lehman, 16, can personally speak to the comfort and healing they experienced. They […]
Calling all dogs! The Doggie Brigade™, sponsored by Milk-Bone, on our Akron and Mahoning Valley campuses are recruiting new members. Find out if your dog has what it takes be a Doggie Brigade member at one of our informational sessions: Sat., Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-Noon Wed., Feb. 15, 6-8 p.m. Both will be held in […]
Many patients and staff gathered Sept. 29 to say good bye and thank you to one of the most beloved therapy dogs at the hospital, Tank. Tank, a rescue dog that was almost drowned as a wee pup, found his forever home 12 years ago with Chris Witschey of Wadsworth. Chris almost immediately found a […]
Thank you to Jasmine Beltz for helping Max smile! For a 5-year-old boy, it’s not the easiest thing to spend an entire day and night in the hospital without getting out of bed. Jasmine’s visit was the highlight of Max’s stay. She was so sweet and calm. Her owner graciously retrieved a blanket to lay […]
Anyone who has seen Cooper perform his blueberry-on-the-nose trick would agree: This pooch was built for the Doggie Brigade. Cooper began making young people happy early in his life. His handler, Mary Mosher, is a retired teacher, having spent 35 years in the Akron Public Schools.