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Our Little Lentil

Author: Lillian Gardiner, GEd’11

Lentil is something of an Internet sensation. Born with a cleft palate and cleft lips, Lentil received help from oral surgeons at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine and John Lewis and Alexander Reiter of Penn Vet’s Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service.

I drove an hour to meet this little guy at the Hope Veterinary Clinic in Malvern where he hosted a kissing booth. It was worth it!


Read more about Lentil in the Penn Current here or you can find him on Facebook to see what the fuss is about.


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More Penn Puppies

Author: Aimee LaBrie (photos courtesy of Emilie Kretschmar)

This morning, my friend Emilie and I went to the grand opening of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center at the new facility near Grey’s Ferry. Welcome remarks came from Joan Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of the Vet School, followed by comments from Executive Vice President, Craig Carnaroli. Not only is Mr. Carnaroli a supporter of the program, he and his wife are also volunteer foster parents for Socks, pictured below.  Socks is named after Socks Lavoie, a lab who worked with rescue workers following the World Trade Center collapse 11 years ago today.

We got to pet her after the ceremony.

Like all puppies, she was still clumsy and got most of the water on her coat.

We also heard from Cynthia Otto, the Executive Director of the Program, as well as David Konty, Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Animal Planet celebrity, Victoria Sitwell, star of It’s Me or the Dog. She spoke about living in Manhattan at the time of the attacks and working with the Humane Society to bring therapy dogs along to help families who had lost loved ones during the attack.

She described how the families, who were on the way to the memorial site, would be sitting on the ferry, mostly not speaking, and certainly not smiling; lost and isolated in their separate grief. Then, they would bring the dogs on to the ferry and the entire atmosphere would change as people interacted with the dogs, petting them, and then talking to one another. One mother watched as her son got down on the ground to play with a cocker spaniel.  He laughed at something the dog did, and the mom said, “That’s the first time I’ve heard him laugh since his dad died.”  That’s what working dogs can do; not only can they be taught to literally save lives in the time of crisis, they can also help us to heal after one.

Next, we were able to meet three of the living rescue dogs from 9/11: Kaiser, Bretagne, and Morgan, all of whom received commendations from Tom Sharp, CEO of the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery and standing ovations from the crowd. I noticed too that sitting right in front of us were two working dogs who are currently part of the State of New Jersey Urban Search and Rescue team. As you can see from the third photo in the series below, the dogs seemed to be good friends.

Lastly, we got to meet the inaugural puppy class of 2013, all of whom are named after rescue dogs–Bretagne, Kaiserin, Morgan, PApa Bear (PA stands for Pennsylvania), Sirius, Socks, and little Thunder (pictured below with toy).  We also learned from Maureen Rush, VP for Public Safety, that two members of the graduating class will become part of the Penn Security Canine team upon graduation.

Can you even resist helping out? If you’d like to volunteer your time, go here. You can also have a significant impact by making a gift to the Penn Vet Working Dog Center today. Your contribution will most certainly make a difference in the lives of these dogs, and the people they help every day.

Addendum: Had to add this photo after I found it on the Penn Working Dog Center Facebook page. The K-9 team heading toward the World Trade Center on 9.11.2001.


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Penn Puppies are Here…

Author: Aimee LaBrie

I don’t know if you are aware of this new item, but Penn Vet’s Working Dog Center has a new Puppy Foundation Program. Their mission is to train dogs to work as assistants for humans, as well as to take on other significant roles. As their website explains:

A working dog is a highly and specifically trained canine that performs unique and critical tasks to benefit humans and society.

Historically, working dogs have served as messenger dogs during war time; as helpmates to farmers in the fields; as a helping hand to people with disabilities; and as patrol dogs protecting the ports and entryways to our nation. Detection dogs, sometimes called “sniffer dogs”, are those that use their sense of smell to identify particular odors (such as explosives, drugs or lost people).  In addition, new research is illustrating a dog’s ability to identify infectious diseases (such as Salmonella) and even cancer.

The depth and breadth of what these amazing canines can do is limitless and ensure our lives are better and safer.

And here is a visual preview of what these little dogs might wear one day:

Almost criminally adorable.

On their Facebook page, they’ve been introducing some of the puppies who belong to the new class of 2013 in the program. Meet Morgan.

He’s a male Labrador Retriever who I’m sure would like to chuck it all and come live with me. He was named in honor of Morgan Johnson (Handler Katrene Johnson) who deployed to the Staten Island Landfill following the attacks of 9/11.

You can see the full class of puppies by visiting the website. Happy Thursday!

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Alumpics Competition: Day 4

Author: Aimee LaBrie

This is the fourth day in a row of the Alumpics Ivy+ photo competition, and Penn is decidedly behind the rest of the pack, in large part because we have so many loyal followers to our Penn Facebook page.

However, you can still make a difference by liking today’s photo on Facebook here. The topic was academics, and I thought I’d post something totally adorable. Here is the associated photo from Penn Vet’s Summer program. He’s looking right at you and saying, VOTE!

To see what our peer institutions are posting, visit the Alumpics website.

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