On Feb. 12, 4 Paws for Ability hosted a Smooch the Pooch event in the Alumni Memorial Union. Fox and Bali, two of the current dogs in training on Findlay’s campus, were there to greet students.
The goal of 4 Paws for Ability is to help children with disabilities along with veterans who have suffered injuries from combat. These dogs offer assistance to families and allow the person in need to become more independent. 4 Paws for Ability has changed the lives of many and UF is working to continue this trend by training dogs here.
Cheyenne Potteiger, a sophomore pre-physical therapy major, expressed how much this event meant to her.
“As a dog lover, I love seeing this group work build that bond with the training dogs in order to help someone else,” said Potteiger. Students expressed how much they enjoyed the event and the dog-themed shirts to go along with it.
“This was a great way to tell campus a little bit more about 4 Paws for Ability and get students interested in joining the organization and possibly even training a dog in the future,” explained Potteiger. “I’m hoping this club will only grow in the future.”
The Smooch the Pooch event was Valentine’s Day themed with a kissing booth for students, and dogs, to take pictures. This event tied in well with the holiday as Findlay just celebrated Valentine’s Day.
“I thought the theme was so cute, especially since Bali and Fox wore bandanas to match the theme,” said Potteiger. “I also thought the photo booth was a great way to advertise both for campus and the good work 4 Paws for Ability is doing!”
Students can get involved in organizations like this to become a helping hand in the community while also getting to spend some time with man’s best friend.