Therapy Dogs Take Care of People at WVU

A furry white Australian Labradoodle trots toward a student whose arm is outstretched with an open palm bearing a doggie treat. “C’mon Brando,” a student calls, hoping to entice Marlon Brando, the therapy dog for the West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering, to play. Another student beckons Brando to roll over – […]

Veteran discusses Heart of Gold

BY JIM BISSETT Courtesy of The Dominion Post OK, so Jim Brennan didn’t necessarily look nervous when he positioned himself in front of that classroom in WVU’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, on Friday afternoon. But Stryker knows how deep those waters can go. That’s why the 4-year-old golden retriever took up a position […]

WVU freshman engineering program set to welcome therapy dog

In order to provide another level of support to freshman engineering students, West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is seeking help from a furry friend. Marlon Brando is a five-year-old Australian Labradoodle. Born in Australia, he moved to North Carolina as a puppy and is now a member of the “staff” […]

Service Dogs at the Hearts of Gold Program Make a Difference

Coming into this assignment, I had never actually heard of the Hearts of Gold program. After observing two sessions of the class, I wish I’d taken it. What really stood out was how enthusiastic the students were when class began. No one cut corners, and everyone was very involved with the class. One of the […]

WVU Students Training Service Dogs

For many people, man’s best friend serves an invaluable role. Service dogs allow many to live their lives to the fullest, but the dogs aren’t born ready to work, many hours are put into preparing dogs for duty. “We start out with our normal, typical routine. We go out side, we eat breakfast we go […]