Dawg Pound returns

At the spring opening of the Dawg Pound, front row, from left, adult patients Mike Cornely, George Bracken and Taty Manousakis; back row, from left, adult patient Danny Teresi and adult services instructors Nicole Puopolo and Deanna Willard.

Matheny’s Dawg Pound, a retail enterprise designed to sharpen practical work skills for patients and students, has launched its spring season with new inventory consisting of magnets, ponchos and pajama pants.

The Dawg Pound was begun four years ago with startup funds of $5,000 provided by The Friends of Matheny, our auxiliary group, and Village Office Supply of Somerset, NJ. The operations are divided into three departments:  marketing, finance and sales/inventory. Teamwork, budgeting, effective advertising and customer service are all skills that have been learned by those working in the Dawg Pound, named after Matheny’s mascot, the Bulldog.