Announcements

Taking the Plunge

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Maxine Weber, volunteer and guest blogger, shares her thoughtful and often humorous observations from inside the WDC.

Last night most of the country was suffering from the effects of a polar vortex. The daytime temperature in Philadelphia did not get above freezing. But, surprisingly enough, I was going swimming. That is, me and a few pups. Last night was the night we decided to check out a local pet hotel that happens to have a swimming pool for dogs. Our trip was part exposure to new environments, part good exercise and part dog happiness. Read Full Article ›

Learning to say “Ahhh”

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Maxine Weber, volunteer and guest blogger, shares her thoughtful and often humorous observations from inside the WDC.

I have two sisters and although we have quite divergent opinions about almost everything, one thing we do agree on – we love to have our hair brushed. I don’t think you even have to have long hair to appreciate the sensations of hair brushing. It is soothing and tingly at the same time, a very relaxing experience. I would be hard pressed to find another G-rated activity that makes you say, “Ahhh”. Read Full Article ›

4 New Graduates

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The Penn Vet Working Dog Center celebrated the graduation and careers of 4 members of the WDC program!

Bretagne – Diabetes Alert
Morgan – Narcotics Detection
Thunder – Urban Search & Rescue)
Zzisa – Explosives Detection

CBS 3 Philly was on hand for the celebration.

The Perfect Sit

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Maxine Weber, volunteer and guest blogger, shares her thoughtful and often humorous observations from inside the WDC.

If you are a parent, you know how difficult it is to find a good babysitter. Make that, find ANY babysitter. For some reason, there never seems to be an available teenager, responsible or otherwise, when you need one.

 

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Exploring the Human-Animal Bond

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Date: November 3, 2014
Time: 8:30a – 3:30p

Join Dr. Otto and other speakers including John Grogan, author of “Marley and Me”, as they explore the many aspects and benefits of the human-animal bond.

Dr. Otto’s talk, “Saving Lives: How Dogs and Humans Work Together to Save Each Other” will start at 2:15p.

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Sushi for Lunch

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Maxine Weber, volunteer and guest blogger, shares her thoughtful and often humorous observations from inside the WDC.

If left to his own devices, my teenage son would spend hours in front of his computer, playing Minecraft or some other online game.  Last Saturday was a beautiful day, the perfect day for a mother-son outing.  No amount of cajoling will coax him outside, I know that much by now.  There is only one surefire thing that can lure him away from the siren call of the computer – sushi. Read Full Article ›

New Classes Start October 27th

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Register now! Space is limited!

Puppy Socialization
Mondays, 7:30-8:30p, starts Oct. 27th
$150/6 week session
Click HERE to learn more and register.

Basic Obedience
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30p, starts Oct. 29th
$100/4 week session
Click HERE to learn more and register.

Nosework
Thursdays, 7:30-8:30p, starts Oct. 30th
$160/6 week session
Click HERE to learn more and register.

Recollections Uncovered by a Vacuum

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Maxine Weber, volunteer and guest blogger, shares her thoughtful and often humorous observations from inside the WDC.

It is 7pm and all the dogs have gone home. The boisterous daytime sounds have been replaced by the gentle hum of the vacuum cleaner. Each evening the entire Center is vacuumed, errant tuffs of dog hair quietly disappear into our trusty Miele.

As I vacuum, the gentle hum causes my mind to drift back to thoughts of college.

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?

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Maxine Weber, volunteer and guest blogger, shares her thoughtful and often humorous observations from inside the WDC.

It’s not my husband’s fault he’s a cat lover. His mother was a breeder of champion Burmese cats when he was a kid.   He has been known to honk at “Cats Rule, Dogs Drool” bumper stickers. But, since opposites attract, my husband ended up marrying a dog lover. My many pleadings for a dog have been met with a scrunched up face and a shake of the head. “No Dogs”.   (So now I am getting my dog fix by volunteering at the Working Dog Center.) Read Full Article ›

The Happy Dance

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Maxine Weber, volunteer and guest blogger, shares her thoughtful and often humorous observations from inside the WDC.

From the time my son was strong enough to stand, he periodically did something that my sister-in-law dubbed “the happy dance”. Pure joy radiated from his little round face and spread through the rest of his body. He would hoist himself up, holding onto the nearest piece of furniture, get up on his tip toes and step excited back and forth, wagging his rear end and shriek with glee. Read Full Article ›

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