Hi, Buddy Here! Check out my 2019 Event.

 This year on July 13th, 2019 I am asking my buddies to join in our first annual SUP Lake Simcoe Crossing in support of  for COPE Service Dogs. Participating paddlers will paddle across the lake in a ‘Buddy System’. The event is approximately 30 km starting at a location on the northwest shore and ending at Leornard’s Beach in Innisfil. There are options to join the group at a 10 km, 5 km and 2 km points to the finish line. Stay tuned for more fur-mation!

My Story

 For 13 years, I  have changed the lives of many high school students who have learned how to train me. Like all the COPE dogs, I started my career as a service dog in-training in “Canines in the Classroom” but health concerns meant that I would not be placed with a person with a disability. Instead, I continued as both a learner and teacher, enabling students to develop leadership skills and healthy minds. The student trainers led me as a “Reading Buddy” for hundreds of children and as a Therapy Dog, to brighten the lives of countless seniors. For many students, I was the reason they graduated from high school.

Buddy’s Ripple Effect

 You know what?  I’ve made a ripple effect. Not only do Canines in the Classroom students earn  credits,  they are given a real job – to train and care for me and my other service dog- in-training chums.  We build student self-confidence as they  learn communication and leadership skills, which helps them make new friends.  See, my COPE Dog pals and I have a calming effect on students, we help them to manage their emotions and improve their mental health, while being in a rich learning environment. They then go on to be contributing citizens…helping others in need.  After 13 years, and over 60 student trainers, the ripples are reaching far afield! Check out some of the success stories Here


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