Joanne Wilsonʼs Wonder Dogs, one of the featured attractions with the Yankee Doodle Circus, are making several appearances at Long Island schools this week.
Many of the 14 dogs were rescued from shelters or pounds. The circus visited Kings Park on Wednesday as part of a fundraiser for the high school's varsity club.
“These dogs are my life, they are just like my kids,” said Wilson. “When a new dog joins the act I find out what they like to do. Some are good jumpers, some like to do acrobatics. Each one has their own speciality that becomes part of the act. Performing is fun for me and them.”
The troupe of clever canines were featured in the Broadway touring companies of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Will Rogers Follies.
Yankee Doodle Circus performances included Kings Park, Valley Stream and Brookhaven this week as a fund raiser event for school groups.