USFSP Community Embraces Guide Dogs on Campus

A photo of Cathy Cardwell and Rick Kriseman standing on either side of the

From left: Cathy Cardwell, dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at USFSP, stands with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman with the sculpture of “Duke” the guide dog. The dog was presented at the “Superheroes on Parade” event in St. Pete.

The statue of

“Duke” the superhero guide dog is on display in the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.

Guide and therapy dogs are becoming more common at USF St. Petersburg. The USFSP Puppy Club has teamed up with Southeastern Guide Dogs to assist in raising future guide dogs. The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library has therapy dogs on campus during midterms and finals week to help students cope with the stress from exams. And during its 50th anniversary celebration, the university teamed up with 3 Daughters Brewing to offer the Bayboro Blonde Ale, a beer that featured the guide dog of a visually-impaired faculty member as its mascot.

The Tampa Bay Times recently featured a story that focuses on USFSP political science senior Anthony Loffler and Jennings, his guide dog-in-training. Loffler serves as a Southeastern Guide Dogs puppy “raiser” through the USFSP Puppy Club. Read more about Loffler, Jennings, and guide dogs on campus in this article by the Tampa Bay Times.

Southeastern Guide Dogs recently held its” Superheroes on Parade” events at locations around the Tampa Bay area. During the St. Petersburg event, USFSP Nelson Poynter Memorial Library dean Cathy Cardwell accepted the sculpture of “Duke” on behalf of the library and university. The sculpture, created by artist Carrie Jadus and sponsored by David and Kathy Nateman, is on display in the library.

View more photos of Duke on the USFSP Nelson Poynter Memorial Library Facebook page.