An event bringing students and dogs together on Olin Plaza was a perfect, if too short, chance to keep them from missing their beloved pets back home. In an effort to offer an opportunity for stress-reducing time with animals, Brenda Lederach, Lecturer in the Psychology Department, coordinated the first Ursinus Pause for Paws gathering. The idea was brought to her by Dean Terry Winegar. More than 20 dogs belonging to staff and faculty happily, even eagerly, showed up for the chance for loads of free biscuits and pats on the head.
“I was very pleased with how the Bow Wow Pow Wow went,” says Lederach, a Wellness House faculty mentor. “We had more than 20 dogs attend the party. We had another party down in the Straussburger Commons with Domenick Scudera, Professor of Theater, and his dogs. All the dogs were well behaved and if the students had tails I believe they would have been wagging them. I think we will try to offer this as a first Friday of the month event while the weather holds out.”
Professor Joel Bish brought his rescue dog, Frankie, a mini daschund. “We both loved it,” says Dr. Bish, chair of the Neuroscience program. “Nice to see how many animals lovers there are in the student body. I heard many students state how this made their day.” Students who flocked to the dog party talked about their own pets at home in New Jersey, Florida, Connecticut and Swarthmore. This shared bond and common affection for dogs was a great opportunity for the Ursinus community to connect.
Assistant Professor of English Elizabeth Ho brought her basset hound, Momar. “I heard multiple times from the students that this was the ‘best day ever’ – which seems to suggest that we should have this event again and often,” says Dr. Ho, who is pretty confident that Momar had a great time playing with Ursinus dogs and students. But with basset hounds, how do you tell?
Dog owners were required to comply with only bringing pets who were up-to-date on all required shots and the dogs were required to be on a leash at all times.
Photos by Monica Reuman, 2015