Students romp with Dell, a guide dog for the blind being trained at the University of Richmond. Image and caption from Richmond Times Dispatch.

Every day is Bring Your Dog to Work Day for UR chemistry professors Carol Parish and Marty Zeldin. Their Labrador puppy Dell is learning how to be a service dog for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Part of his education is being exposed to many situations (and learning how to act appropriately in them.) So Dell goes to school with his “parents.”

Students report that Dell has become a mascot for the department, and his friendliness is apparent to everyone (including the newspaper photographer, who had one of his lenses washed by Dell’s tongue.)

Read Bill Lohmann: Guiding eyes for the blind in the July 11 issue of the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Poll: would you like to have more dogs in school?

Distraction, attraction, or neither? COMMENTS PLEASE!

No matter WHAT you think about dogs in school, JTCC library has plenty of titles for more reading about (wo)man’s best friend.

K9 Fiction:

Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith. Pimlico terrier Freddie de la Haye and his cast of human characters at 44 Scotland Street.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu. Time traveling technician is accompanied on his search for his father by his non-existent but ontologically correct dog Ed. Think funny/sad Hitchhiker’s Guide.

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson. Narcissistic executive adopts pit bull while performing court-ordered community service.

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson. Retired police detective Tracy Waterhouse fosters a young child while Detective Jackson Brodie adopts an abused dog.

A Year of Cats and Dogs by Margaret Hawkins. Midlife crisis with a twist. After quitting her unsatisfying job and being left by her equally unsatisfying boyfriend, Maryanne realizes she has a gift for communicating with animals. Intelligent and lighthearted.

K9 Health

Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy and Comfortable by Nicholas Dodman, BVMS

Homeopathic Care for Cats & Dogs by Don Hamilton, DVM

Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs by Lew Olson, PhD

Training Your Superdog by Gwen Bailey

Vet Confidential by Louise Murray, DVM

Human/Canine Bond

Bad Dog: A Love Story by Martin Kihn

The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving: How Dogs have Captured our Hearts for Thousands of Years by Jeffery Moussaieff Masson

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s dogs and their tale of rescue and redemption by Jim Gorant

Marley and Me by John Grogan

Oogy: The Dog only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin

You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught me the Secrets of Happiness by Julie Klam

Written by Suzanne

Suzanne has loved books from an early age, and remembers reading her 24 volume World Book Encyclopedia set when she ran out of novels. Now that she works in a library, she will never run out of reading material again! Suzanne is a recent MLS graduate who loves working with students and technology.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Molli

    I vote for a “Bring Your Woof to Work Day at JTCC”! It doesn’t have to be a dog. Just a bring your pet day in general would be wonderful!

  2. Suzanne

    We could put the dogs on reserve (like Yale did with their therapy dog!) K9s would offer exercise therapy, tounge facials, and be available for hugs…ANYTIME.

    I vote for WOOF day too!

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