If you notice a sweet, young chocolate lab prancing through the halls of Akron Children’s Hospital, there’s a good chance you just met Chase. Handled by Officer Ramona Caley, Chase is an officer in training with Akron Children’s Hospital’s Department of Public Safety. She’s working to be both a bomb sniffing dog and a therapy […]
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?
There were purple streamers and balloons, cookies with purple icing, purple props for the photo booth and purple prizes for games. The purple party in Stella Miller’s fifth grade classroom at W.S. Stinson Elementary School in Canal Fulton was a celebration of Epilepsy Awareness Month and a reward for Stella’s class in collecting the most […]
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 […]
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 […]