Pictured are Dr. Donna Manderino with “Pepper” and a student at The Valley School.
On July 11, Dr. Manderino and veterinary technician Erin Kirby with her dog Pepper visited The Valley School in Park Ridge. They visited with several classrooms of children, ranging in ages from 18 months to 12 years old. They talked about dog safety such as how to approach and pet a dog when you meet one. They also discussed what to do if you see a stray dog. All the students got to take turns petting Pepper, a 5 year old Pit Bull Terrier who LOVES children of all ages. All the children also got to listen to Pepper’s heartbeat with a stethoscope, which they really enjoyed. Pepper was a rescue dog from Halfway Hounds, a group based in Park Ridge as well. She originally came from an inner city shelter and was reported to have a special bond with children while living in the shelter. She had a special volunteer who loved her dearly and they would visit a local ice cream shop every day after school time and visit with the children. Pepper helps teach children not only about pet safety, but about how wonderful pit bulls can be with children.
11 am to 3 pm
94 Berthoud Street, Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Many animal rescue organizations will be present.
(More information coming soon.)
K9 Veteran’s Day of Observance is a holiday held on March 13 each year. This year, an event was held at the Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah, NJ. The event was organized by Linda Blick of Tails of Hope Foundation and its working dog program, Finding One Another. Service dogs of all types were present at the event including police and military dogs, search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs and others. Dr. Manderino received an award for her support of working dogs.