Eau Claire (WQOW) - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has a permanent pooch to call its own.
More than 100 community members attended a dedication ceremony at UW-Eau Claire to recognize the life-size sculpture of an assistance dog, named "Juno". Dr. Katherine Schneider, an emeritus professor at UW-Eau Claire, said the bronze sculpture of a yellow lab was created to honor other guide dogs and their trainers. The name, "Juno", has a special meaning for people with guide dogs. It is the name of a person's initial walk with a help dog at guide school.
Dr. Schneider said, "It's a very emotional walk as a student walks with a trainer to ascertain their needs and their expectations out of a guide dog and it's a partnership that you hope lasts seven or eight years. It's a trust walk, it's about teamwork, and it’s a name that has a lot of meaning."
"Juno" will live inside of Centennial Hall on UW-Eau Claire's campus. The sculpture was paid for through private funding and community organizations.