Meet the Team
BrienneBrienne is a Yellow Labrador Retriever named after Brienne of Tarth, a Game of Thrones character. Brienne was born January 21, 2017. Her best friend is her fur brother, Henry, and her favorite treat is pineapple. Brienne’s handler is Beth Steinberg.
EllieEllie is a German Shepherd. She was born April 20, 2013. Ellie’s hobbies include playing ball and swimming in the creek with her fur family Tucker, Cassie and Jewellz. Ellie was a gift from Guide Dogs of America to handler, Emily Lewis, to aid in her recovery after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. Ellie’s therapy dog career technically began at 8 weeks old!
RadarRadar is a Labrador Retriever. He was born on July 23, 2014. Radar’s hobbies include camping, taking long walks and spending time with his family. Radar’s favorite toys are deer antlers and his best friend is Mattis K9 from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Radar’s handler is ReNea Owens.
ShilohShiloh is an English Cream Golden Retriever. He was born September 3, 2017. Shiloh’s best friends are his fur brother, Grady, and cat, Izzy. Although he isn’t sure Izzy likes him. Shiloh’s favorite toy is his Billie bear and his special talent is that he can do an Elvis impersonation! Shiloh’s handler is Mary Justice.
Sign up for a visit from the Buckeye Paws program
The Wexner Medical Center launched Buckeye Paws, an innovative animal-assisted therapy program, on March 6, 2020. Targeted specifically to help improve staff, faculty and student resilience, certified therapy dogs visit to provide comfort and emotional support.
Visits may be requested and scheduled by emailing BuckeyePaws@osumc.edu. There’s no charge for the visit and the dogs will come to your department.
Buckeye Paws are not able to visit Peri-op, Procedural and Oncology (James) units 11, 14, 15 and 16.
We understand that people may have personal, cultural and medical reasons for avoiding or disliking dogs or pets. We’re cognizant of these issues and will avoid these interactions.
Be part of the program
We’re looking for dog-handler teams to join Buckeye Paws. There are strict requirements for dog-handler teams in the Buckeye Paws program to ensure patient, visitor and staff safety, therapeutic benefit and regulatory compliance. For questions regarding requirements, please contact Buckeye Paws at BuckeyePaws@osumc.edu.
Interested staff should complete Buckeye Paws Intake Form.
How to give
STAR Buckeye Paws Program Fund - 317037
This fund supports the therapy dog program through the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) program for faculty and staff at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Funds to be used for, but not limited to, programming, research, training, education, supplies and equipment.
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