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Buckles in his training backpack    Buckles in his red working vest

Buckles joined the Schoharie Central School staff on July 2, 2012. He is a social therapeutic classroom assistance dog awarded to SCS after the school received the most votes in the 2012 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow grant competition. He's wearing his training vest in the photo at left. Now a proud graduate, he wears a red vest when working. Read his story.


Barks from Buckles

Some pupdates!

Buckles with his tennis ball       


Jan. 24, 2018

I'm back at school and spending lots of time with high school students, in addition to visiting with the younger children. I love it when students and staff stop by.


Nov. 27, 2017

I'm taking service dog classes to learn new skills. Being a student is cool.


Oct. 24, 2017

I've gone back to school. Even service dogs have to learn and grow, so I'm working on my skills with a special teacher outside of Schoharie School. Can you believe I am an adult student?!


Oct. 5, 2017

Buckles turns off light with paws

One of my duties as a service dog is to turn off lights with my paws. Also, look at my new vest: It says Assistance Dog - Classroom!


Sept. 27, 2017

Buckles the dog seated with a student

Dog days of summer in September? Actually, Buckles isn't really panting, he's smiling on the job as our classroom assistance dog. SCS students and staff have coped well with the summery weather. Great job everyone.

Buckles seated on floor next to student 


Sept. 13, 2017

School is back in session and so am I!


June 28, 2017

Buckle Bucks choice    Buckle Bucks choice

Throughout the school year, my Schoharie Elementary friends can earn Buckle Bucks for good deeds and positive behavior, and they get to trade them in for rewards. I'm glad they named the bucks after me, because there's a handsome canine on each one.

I am on vacation from school most of the summer. See you in the fall.


May 31, 2017

Buckles at Schoharie Elementary playground

I was a puppy in Massachusetts, but now I'm a New Yorker. This map is painted on the elementary playground and includes all 50 states. It's a great way for students human and canine to learn about their country. The map was a student's Eagle Scout project.


May 12, 2017

I've been home studying for a while, but hope to be back at school soon.


April 27, 2017

After spending school break of practicing my service dog skills and playing, I'm preparing for a busy spring working with the students and staff at school. There's lots of activities, like reading with children and visiting with high school students, but I'm always cool in school.


March 29, 2017

An elementary student said today that everyone is my friend. I'd say that I am everyone's friend, as it's my job to be there for students during the good times and the challenging ones. I'm a great listener during the challenging times.


February 7, 2016

One of my favorite stops on my travels in school is with high school seniors when they are taking a break from class. They've got big changes ahead, so I share some golden support with them.


December 29, 2016

What does a service dog do on his days off? I rest, play and maybe do a little brushing up on my skills so I'm ready to head back to school next week.


October 26, 2016

I made the rounds at dismissal time today and received a lot of pets and hugs from students big and small. I also am a student, learning and practicing my assistance dog skills every day, as we shared with one younger student who asked.


September 28, 2016

Plant science students and Buckles  Plant science students and Buckles  Plant science students and Buckles

I watched Mr. Marbot's plant science class working with grape vines they were pulling from the campus field edges. When they rounded them into wreaths, I stayed low! It also was Country Day today, part of School Spirit Week.

September 7, 2016

Back to school! Back to work and back to fun with some of my favorite people, the students!





For past Buckles Pupdates, visit the Buckles' Archive Page

Buckles' story

Thanks to all of the votes the school received in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow grant competition, Schoharie Central School welcomed a new, very special staff member on July 2, 2012: Buckles, a social therapeutic classroom assistance dog.

Buckles came to our school from the National Education for Assistance Dogs (NEADS) organization and lives with Schoharie Central School's Director of Curriculum & Pupil Personnel Services, Linda Nevulis. Nevulis completed training at the NEADS facility in Massachusetts, working with Buckles so he could fully share all of his talents and services with Schoharie's students.

Buckles works with a diversity of students at school, from pre-kindergarten through high school. He's be a partner, a motivator, a classmate, a friend and much more.

A golden retriever who was born on Jan. 17, 2011, Buckles was named after the longest surviving World War I veteran at the time, Frank Buckles. A very special dog, Buckles had already helped a person grow and learn before coming to SCS: he was trained by an inmate in a Massachusetts correctional facility through NEADS Prison PUP Partnership program. He also learned at a local police department and worked with a volunteer weekend puppy raiser, learning about life at home and in the community.

NEADS trains service dogs like Buckles to work with students to provide "a unique and effective way to connect with children in the classroom." According to NEADS, "The presence of a dog can put many people at ease and allows them to start talking more freely than they would have otherwise. Children tend to form a special bond with animals and will share things with a dog or dog handler that they are afraid to tell authority figures."

NEADS website also notes that service dogs are "an effective therapeutic partner for physical and occupational therapists who are looking for a way to motivate children to use their body in certain ways. Throwing a ball exercises both the dog and the child, without either of them being aware of it! . . . Brushing the dog or attaching the dog’s cape or backpack can be a great way to enhance dexterity.

"Speech therapists find that having a dog that obeys commands and performs tasks when a child says something correctly can be a great incentive for children to work on their enunciation."

At Schoharie, students, faculty and staff alike find that Buckles is a wonderful and valuable member of the school community.




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