In the New York Time’s four page feature on Cesar Millan, aka the “Dog Whisperer,” you can read about Millan’s efforts to improve the quality of pet adoption around the US, namely with his Shelter Stars program, which provides educational materials to pet adopters, as well as his spay-and-neuter campaign.
So what does this have to do with higher education?
Apparently, Cesar Millan has
teamed up with Yale to develop “Mutt-i-grees,” a curriculum based on Mr. Millan’s teachings. The goal is to foster empathy in young children.”
Huh. I haven’t heard of this program yet, but apparently it’s been around since January of last year. Its objective? To create classroom lesson plans for students that deal with adopting and caring for mixed-breed canines. My mixed-bred pup Rocky definitely approves. But would students course credit? If so, sign me up.