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APPLICATION DEADLINE –
March 16th, 12:00 pm ET

Now accepting applications for a summer research internship at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center funded by the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization. This is a paid summer internship for a 1st or 2nd year veterinary student who is interested in learning more about medical detection and Read Full Article ›

Sirius of the North Star

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John Toth is a volunteer who shared this essay he wrote about his experience with one very special WDC dog.

To say I am enamored with Sirius might be an adequate description of our relationship. To say that he appreciates when I throw the ball for him, or when I sit near his crate, would probably be true. More importantly though is what Sirius means to all of us. His unquestioning devotion, unapologetic love, and sheer enthusiasm are a sustaining and comforting constant in an uncertain and turbulent world. Sirius, true to his name, carries a comforting light in his questioning and insistent brown eyes. Read Full Article ›

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

There is a dog version of Facebook. Probably anyone who has taken a dog on a potty walk can figure out where I’m going with this – Facebush. It’s a funny notion, but also one which is pretty amazing when you stop and think about it, which is exactly what I was doing last weekend… I was taking Packer for a walk and thinking about how dogs leave messages for each other. We were walking and suddenly Packer stopped – he got a message from his sister. Read Full Article ›

Wednesday’s Lunch & Learn

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Here at the WDC, we believe in using the latest scientific advancements to improve our program.

We believe the best way to accomplish this is to create an atmosphere that provides the access to current knowledge and tools and encourages our staff and volunteers to continue their own personal development.

This year we have introduced Wednesday’s Lunch & Learn, a weekly opportunity to come together as a group and explore the many facets of the working dog.

Read how the Lunch & Learn has impacted trainer Julia Gentile. Read Full Article ›

We love our number!

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

Recently the American Heart Association started a campaign called, “Know Your Numbers”. According to the AHA, knowing a few key numbers will help us figure out if we are developing risk factors that are associated with diseases like type 2 diabetes and some cardiovascular diseases. A few of those key numbers include blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and body weight. A simple concept – know your numbers, know your health. Read Full Article ›

Oh brother who ART thou?

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

Did you ever pass by some good street art and wonder who drew it? One of the more famous British street artists goes by the name of Banksy. Although his works show up in public spaces, many experts in the art world do not considered it graffiti. The images Banksy paints are technically refined and have a point of view that is a social commentary on the specific location where the art appears. Critically acclaimed and a trend setter, Banksy’s works have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read Full Article ›

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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