Wanda is a sweet, happy girl that joined us all the way from Oregon along with Ladybug, Stallion, Sugar, Foz, Totter, Tater, Inca, Natalie, Lightning Bug, Fabio, and Newt. She has a signature full-body wiggle and tail wag that she does whenever it’s time to go play outside, and is a huge sweetheart! Wanda developed an eye infection during her first winter with us and after multiple treatments, our vet team decided to remove her eye. Luckily, she has adjusted to one-eyed life quickly and smoothly - she doesn’t let it stop her from playing outside with all her friends and exploring!
Prior to coming to Cornell, Wanda was on a team that did short distance runs and tours. The teams usually consisted of 10 dogs. They did, on average, 5 mile loops which took about one hour. Each dog ran anywhere between one and three times per day. Wanda was semi-retired the year before coming to Cornell, so she ran once a day up to three times per week. Wanda preferred to be a wheel dog rather than a leader.
Wanda helped out to create a first of a kind Canine Brain Atlas. For that her brain was imaged by magnetic resonance while she was asleep. This type of imaging is commonly in humans and allows to identify such alterations as brain tissue volume and connectivity as well as to identify neuropathology at the early stages. However until recently this technique was not utilized for the same purposes in dogs. Participation of Wanda and 9 other Vaika dogs allowed to build a comprehensive atlas of canine brain which from now on will serve as a reference standard for canine neurological research. Most likely more MR images will be taken while Wanda ages - it will help to better describe which alterations canine brain structure undergoes through aging.