While we are all pulling together during these trying times, we thought it might cheer everyone up with a weekly visit with one of COPE’s amazing future service/facility dogs. Just like humans, each of our dogs has a very unique personality and story. Enjoy!
Meet COPE Service Dogs’ Robbie
“Stand By Me”
by Ben E King
If the sky that we look upon
Well should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry, no I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
Puppy Robbie with his green collar
Robbie is a big, strapping, handsome boy whose size is perfect for a mobility service dog. Born April 27, 2019 to COPE’s own McHappy, Robbie is 3/4 Labrador Retriever and 1/4 Golden Retriever. His nick-name Green comes from his puppy collar he received at birth.
Robbie is super friendly, energetic, playful, persistent, and confident. He loves to be the centre of attention and will not hesitate to tell you when he is not. His large size gives him physical confidence in play and training. Robbie adores playing fetch with himself; trail walks; giving slobbery kisses and true to a Lab’s personality, treats and food.
While training, Robbie shows affection, gentleness, and a keen intelligence. Only a year old, he performs very well in a low distraction environment and is working hard to focus with diversions.
Robbie loved working with his high school student trainers and loved taking part in COPE’s Reading Buddy program as well. He misses being social but is enjoying his online and refinement training.
Robbie loves working with students in the Canines in the Classroom program
“ COPE gives me job skills like multitasking. When you can multitask it makes you reliable and people look at you as a leader. ”
Student Trainer of Robbie in COPE’s Canine in the Classroom program
Robbie with his amazing foster family Paul, Tanya, Asher, Aden and Wilson
Robbie loves taking part in COPE’s Reading Buddy program
Robbie focused on his trainer Peggy
Robbie snapd with a student trainer learning to open public doors
Robbie with his best bud Wilson
Robbie training with a drone to become accustomed to different noises and experiences
Movie: Pup Fiction
Song: Jeremiah was a Bulldog
Favourite Instrument: A trom-bone
Your Weekly Howl
Walking past a veterinary clinic, a woman noticed a small boy and his dog waiting outside.
‘Are you here to see Dr Meyer?’ she asked.
‘Yes,’ the boy said. ‘I’m having my dog put in neutral.’
This Week’s Tip to Keep Your Dog Stimulated
With the temperatures rising, walking your dog isn’t always an option. Here’s a few ideas to keep Fido cool and mentally stimulated.
Going to the local beach can be a blast for dogs, especially those that already love swimming (don’t forget a doggie life jacket for safety and check to see if it is a dog friendly beach). You can bring along some dog toys and play a game of fetch in the water. Just remember to check if they float first!
If you don’t have any beaches nearby, you can play some water games in your own backyard. Get a plastic kiddie pool or container and fill it with water. Many dogs love splashing around and having a nice little pool of their own to keep cool in. Toss in some toys and turn it into a ‘ bobbing for apples ‘ game.
You can also try playing with a hose but if it is not your dogs thing, try a sprinkler.
Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are death traps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
For more information about COPE please visit www.copedogs.org