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The Team Foster Ruff Ride 24-hour spin relay came to Pittsburgh for the first time in the organization’s history on Friday underneath the tent at Schenley Plaza.

Team Foster’s Ruff Ride: 24-Hour Spin Relay holds inaugural Pittsburgh event

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer September 27, 2021
Team Foster, an organization which helps fund service dog programs for veterans with PTSD along with other mental and physical disabilities, hosted their Ruff Ride 24-hour spin relay on Friday at Schenley Plaza.
Kenzo (pictured) is being trained by senior psychology and history double major Lily Swanson to become a service dog.

Service puppy raisers navigate training dogs during pandemic

By Elizabeth Primrose, Staff Writer January 27, 2021
Lily Swanson got a new best friend at the start of the pandemic — a half-lab, half-golden retriever puppy named Kenzo. Swanson has raised Kenzo since March through [email protected], a student organization dedicated to raising service dogs.
The Panthers’ Service Pups club is about to get three new 8-week-old puppies to raise and train.

Service pup training club gets three eager new pupils

By Ashton Crawley, Staff Writer December 5, 2019
The dogs will go everywhere with their trainers for a year and a half.
Mushu won best costume for a police officer costume in Saturday’s Puppy Halloween Fashion Show.

Pitt service puppies put on a paw-some Halloween fashion show

By Sarah Gross, For The Pitt News October 30, 2018
The club Perfect Fit Canine Campus Scholars has been training many puppies this semester. Over the weekend they worked the runway for a Halloween fashion show.
Claire Ozoleks therapy dog, Lexi, provides her with psychiatric and mobile assistance. (Photo by Roger Tu | Staff Photographer)

Service dogs help students succeed

By Nina Kneuer | For The Pitt News September 25, 2017

Claire Ozolek’s best friend, Lexi, has big eyes and a hard-working disposition. She also has a tail and four legs and works as Ozolek’s service dog. “I mean it sounds cliche, but she is really...

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