Emory Dogs

Dogs Currently Active in Emory fMRI Studies and Dogs in Training. Dogs in group ALPHA (A-Team) began scanning in 2012, and our latest group GOLF began in January 2017.

Group

Name

Bio

ALPHA

callie dog

Callie

Callie is a terrier mix, called a “feist” in the South, and is the first dog to sit for an MRI. Greg’s family adopted her at the age of 9 months from the Atlanta Humane Society. Early on, she showed her innate skill at treeing squirrels and hunting anything that moved in the yard. This last spring Callie was responsible for a Darwinian carnage of 3 baby birds, 2 chipmunks, a rabbit and countless moles. But Callie loves people, and she loves to learn new things. Greg says, “I take her to work whenever I can. Sometimes she hangs out in the lab, and sometimes she helps pilot new experiments at the MRI.”

ALPHA

caylin dog

Caylin

Caylin, a border collie, is a member of the A-Team. Caylin is owned by Lorrie Backer – a long-time dog trainer who has an interest in positive training methods.  She has trained many dogs, including two border collies who earned their UD (Utility Dog) titles.  She plans to take Caylin all the way through to an OTCH (Open Trial Champion) title. Lorrie has a PhD in Genetic Toxicology and works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. At the CDC, she is an environmental epidemiologist focusing on preventing illnesses from exposure to environmental pollutants.  When she is not training or working, she enjoys landscaping her yard with edible plants (for birds, butterflies, pollinators, and people), and participating in various citizen science and community projects.

ALPHA

Kady

BRAVO

libby dog

Libby

Libby – a pit-mix and member of Bravo Company. Her owner, Claire Mancebo says, “A little brown dog (soon known as LBD, then Libby) was found by the side of the road in a rural part of southern CA in 2008. She can’t wag her tail due to some unknown physical trauma but she is still one of the most expressive dogs I’ve ever met. When she’s excited, she’ll tap dance and jump and quiver all over. She also makes every kind of noise a dog can make (grumbles, barks, yodels, whines). Her exuberance is matched by her ability to settle down quickly…she loves to nap on us most of the time. During our time in California, she was picked for a spot in a national commercial for dog treats…not too unexpected, since her owners worked for animal training companies specializing in animal actors. My background in animal training drove me to participate in the fMRI Dog Project when I heard about it from a co-worker at Emory University. It sounded like a fun challenge and definitely has lived up to expectations. Libby has demonstrated a good ability to focus on the task at hand (especially when there’s hot dog involved!) even though she’d rather be running around, trying to lick faces.”

BRAVO

pearl dog

Pearl

Pearl, a golden retriever, is a member of Bravo Company. Pearl was a potential service dog for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), but after 2 years of training, Pearl decided being an assistance dog was not for her. She came back to live with her puppy raiser, Vicki D’Amico, and quickly became a registered therapy dog with Happy Tails Pet Therapy in Atlanta, Georgia. Vicki says, “Pearl is a loving and goofy girl who lives to sit in laps and give hugs. Her favorite hobbies are chasing Frisbees and competing in the sport of Nosework.” Vicki has been volunteering with animal organizations for over 20 years. Pearl is the 8th dog she raised for CCI. Vicki says, “I have a passion for all types of working canines, I am excited to be involved in this ground breaking research and its potential as a tool to help identify a working canine candidate and decrease the time and resources spent on getting them to their human partners.

BRAVO

zen dog

Zen

Zen, a golden retriever / lab mix, is a member of Bravo Company. His owner, Darlene Coyne, says, “Zen was the sixth dog I raised to be a service dog for Canine Companions for Independence.  He was named by the breeder in California since his was a ‘Z litter.’ It turned out to be a perfect name for him.  He was released from the program due to a very distractible nose.  I am excited that he has another chance at really making a difference.”

BRAVO

eli dog

Eli

Eli is a Vizsla and a member of Bravo Company. He lives with Lindsay Fetters. Eli was bred primarily to be a show dog, but has become much, much more. Eli enjoys learning new skills and likes to stay busy by being involved in a broad range of activities. He’s been an actor in a Sundance TV Original Series, enjoys hunting for quail, is training for agility, and works in Lindsay’s office as the mail and document delivery boy. Eli also won Best in Breed at Westminster in 2016. Lindsay was a former service dog trainer and has taught Eli to do all tasks expected of a service dog. Lindsay and Eli both enjoy being members of the fMRI Dog Project.

CHARLIE

edmond dog

Eddie

Edmond is a 5 year old, lab/golden cross. As a young pup, Edmond started training with Canine Companions for independence. He  was released for mild hip dysplasia and became our family pet.  He soon became certified as a therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International.  He currently works as a reading dog at 2 elementary schools.  Edmond loves to learn, especially when food is involved.  Edmond would say his favorite thing about MRI training is the abundant supply of hot dogs!!

Edmond loves laying in the sun, though!

CHARLIE

ohana dog

Ohana

Ohana is a 6 year old golden retriever and started out her career as a service dog with Canine Companions for Independence. She was the 13th puppy I had raised and when she was released from the program, I adopted her. She is a certified therapy dog through ITA and a certified, trained R.E.A.D. Dog as well working through Reading Paws. Ohana is also learning Canine Freestyle and is scheduled for her first competition in April 2016.  Ohana was named by CCI and her name is Hawaiian for family and she has definitely become part of ours

CHARLIE

Tug

CHARLIE

Velcro

Velcro is a seven year old Vizsla and member of Charlie company who began life as a show dog.  He earned 4 points toward his championship before he decided showing was not his thing.  He spent two months at hunting dog camp and learned to love birds, catching their scent and pointing their location.  However, he did not do well with the pressure of hunting, preferring it to be an occasional fun activity he pursued at whim.  Because of his incredibly affectionate and docile nature, his owner Lisa, who is a clinical psychologist, thought he would make an excellent therapy dog.  Through his Canine Good Citizen training, they met Dr. Berns and became involved with the dog project.  During the week, Velcro’s real job involves being available to patients who enjoy the comforting presence of a dog, reducing their anxiety and kissing away their tears

DELTA

Ozzie

Ozzie is a seven year old Yorkie-Bichon mix who was adopted at age one from Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. At 18 pounds, Ozzie is one of the smallest dogs in the program and, as Greg likes to point out, he has a remarkably small brain!

While Ozzie is surrounded by dogs of distinction in this project, he himself is a regular house pet. He has the personality of a terrier. (Much to his mom’s chagrin, he is not a cuddle bug, but he sure is cute!) His idea of a perfect day is to hang out at the pool in the summer, float on his raft, and swim to retrieve a stick.

Because Ozzie is so food motivated, he does well with experiments which offer frequent rewards—which come in the form of green beans and peas! As soon as Ozzie arrives at the lab for a scan, he runs intothe MRI to get started!

We all agree that life is so much better with dogs, so it’s fantastic to be able to participate in the amazing Dog Project.

DELTA

Tallulah

Tallulah is an energetic Carolina Dog, rescued by Cory and Anna Inman, who loves exploring new places and meeting new people.  She enjoys hikes in the woods and spending time with her family.  She was introduced to the study by Cory who is a cognitive neuropsychologist ​at Emory University who utilizes fMRI with human studies.  He wanted Tallulah to participate in learning more about how the canine brain works

DELTA

Truffles

Truffles is one of the lucky dogs who made it out of a rural animal control facility before being adopted by Diana in 2005. She is a pointer mix with an exuberant personality and a zest for life that brings a smile to everyone who meets her. Although never formally trained, her intelligence, friendliness, and love of hot dogs made her a great candidate for the Dog Project. She is a very active dog who enjoys daily runs through the woods at the Nature Preserve, where she swims, chases squirrels, and generally has an excellent time. Diana is passionate about animal rescue. She is President of the Board of Mostly Mutts and works at fundraising and adoption events. We are so proud to be a part of this groundbreaking project which has the potential to improve the lives of all dogs

DELTA

Gemini

ECHO

Koda

Koda is an outgoing, adventurous 2 year old. She loves everyone who gives her attention and never meets a stranger. She learned about the MRI coil as a puppy, watching intently as Zula practiced hundreds of times at home. Her favorite hobbies are hiking, agility tricks, swimming, playing chase with other dogs and trying to chase deer and turkey (which she's not allowed to do). She was adopted from Fulton County shelter, where she lived a couple months, after being picked up by animal control as a stray on the streets in Atlanta. She is really good at teaching foster dogs discipline and the house rules, during their transition from a local rescue shelter to their new families, which helps them all get adopted.

ECHO

Oliver

Ollie is 3 year old mixed breed adopted from the Atlanta Humane Society in November 2013. Despite looking like a Border Collie or Australian Shepherd, his DNA test indicates that he is mostly Beagle and Labrador. Ollie’s owners heard about the Canine Cognitive Neuroscience lab through Tallulah’s dad.  Ollie is a Gemini who enjoys long walks on the Beltline, socks, swimming, and tennis balls.  He also loves howling along to his favorite songs, including ‘Ride’ by 21 Pilots, ‘2 Heads’ by Coleman Hell, and ‘Let It Go’ from the movie Frozen.

ECHO

Nook

ECHO

Ninja

ECHO

Zula

"Zula", a popular name from several African countries, means "brilliant, ahead". It suits her personality in her dealings with others. Her favorite activity is hiking - 35 miles a week - where she enjoys meeting people, leaping up large rocks to view the scenery, and sniffing everything. She likes running around her homemade backyard agility course with her dog and human friends. She is also a Happy Tails therapy dog. Cathy fosters through Mostly Mutts rescue, so Zula has helped several unwanted dogs become socialized and get adopted.  Cathy adopted Zula at 6 weeks old from a rescue -  and was told she's a lab/mastiff mix. Zula later had a dna test that came back 1/4 American Staffordshire terrier, 1/8 Miniature Schnauzer, 1/8 Boxer, and a mix of indeterminable breeds. At 56 pounds, she is a very unique dog. We are so proud of being a part of such historic dog research

ECHO

Dixie

Dixie is a English Labrador Retriever. She is a Therapy Dog certified through Atlanta Pet Partners. She works in the Forsyth County School System alongside her mom, Alexandria Mayfield, a speech therapist. Dixie is a treasured member of the staff. Her role is to improve the overall school climate, make the teachers smile, and works with some students with special needs when needed. Who can resist smiling when they see this face walking down the hallway? Dixie and her mom are excited to contribute and be a part of this program

FOXTROT

BhuBo

FOXTROT

Mauja

Mauja is a typical material girl. She loves fashion accessories, cameras and shiny objects. Mauja has congenital bilateral deafness but that's never stopped her from pursuing her dreams of becoming a canine scientist! She recently turned 7 years old but since she couldn't hear the "happy birthday" song she doesn't seem to mind reaching senior status. Her favorite hobbies are watching television, staring at herself in the mirror, and going for long walks with lots of sightseeing. Her favorite holiday is Independence Day because that's the only time she can catch a free fireworks display

FOXTROT

Wil

FOXTROT

King Tubby

King is a 9 year old Rottweiler mix plucked from the streets of Miami as a pup. His favorite pastimes include eating, swimming, wiping his mouth on stuff, eating, sightseeing, and car rides. He is an excellent ESA (emotional support animal), accompanies his person just about everywhere, and has road-tripped all over Florida and as far north as Wisconsin. Although he is a Florida native, he prefers the cooler weather and southern hospitality offered by Georgia and is eager to make history with the Emory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab so he can brag to his cat roommates about it.

FOXTROT

Gumbeaux

FOXTROT

Lola

Lola is a 5 year old spaniel mix from Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption. Her favorite hobby is trying to convince anyone and everyone to rub her belly. Lola recently passed her Canine Good Citizen exam and excels in selective listening. Thus far, Lola absolutely loves training for the fMRI. What could be better than lounging on the ground and being hand fed high quality treats for not moving?  Best. Game. Ever

GOLF

Daisy

Daisy is a typical dog with a not-so typical background. At 3 months old she was found by a Good Samaritan in a dumpster. Daisy was turned into a pet boarding facility where an employee would soon fall in love and adopt her. Daisy now lives a busy life of frequent naps, using her expressive face to plead for food, and searching for the perfect toy in the toy box. When she isn't studying to become a canine scientist, she loves to play frisbee, tag along in the canoe, and educate others on how pit bulls are not as scary as they think.

GOLF

ender dog

Ender

Ender is a couple months shy of being a year old and he's a social butterfly. He loves to make sure everyone feels welcome and loved at all times and he loves to be a "good boy" for his pawrents. He is very playful and intuitive to others' emotions. He is very food-driven and will do anything when treats are involved! He is a power chewer, but only likes to chew on his "real" bones and has never damaged anything in the house. All he needs is love and in return is always eager to please.

GOLF

Honey

GOLF

Paul

GOLF

scout dog

Scout

We adopted Scout on Easter Sunday, 2014, from the Pregnant Dog Rescue group.

Scout is probably an English Shepherd. She had a litter of puppies in the woods in Forsyth County and had been abandoned.

After raising her babies as a single Mom, she taught us how to run, play, splash, relax and pay attention to the world.

She is trustworthy, loyal, courteous, kind and full of love.... everything a good Scout should be.

GOLF

zoey dog

Zoey

Zoey is a 2 year old F1b Goldendoodle. She loves to play with her dog friends and run with her parents. She runs with her mom in races and frequently places as one of the top 3 dogs. She is a therapy dog with Happy Tails Pet Therapy and loves visiting the expectant moms at Northside Hospital.