Therapy “Buddy” At Washington

Buddy the Therapy Dog

“Buddy” is an 11 month old therapy dog who helps children at Washington Elementary with emotional regulation. He is a beautiful Labrador/Great Dane mix and has been working as the school’s Therapy Dog since January of this year. He officially belongs to Mrs. DeLaine Burch, a third grade teacher at Washington, and has been with her since December 2017.

Buddy was trained as a professional therapy dog through Cares, Inc.  and reports for duty everyday with Mrs. Burch. Children who have trouble in school are given a “Buddy Pass” as a reward for positive behavior and can use their pass to spend a few minutes uninterrupted with Buddy. Sometimes children who are having a difficult day choose to talk to Buddy and feel immediately comforted.

“Buddy is doing very well with the children and is learning how to interact with them as a group and individually. The kids love him and we are planning to keep him here until he is ready to retire.” -DeLaine Burch, Third Grade teacher at Washington Elementary

Mrs. Burch and Buddy get along extremely well and are scheduled to go through additional training together this coming March.

Service dogs and animals assist in a variety of ways including:

  • Mobility Issues (Including Paralysis)
  • Sensory Issues (Blindness, Hearing Loss, etc.)
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Cancer
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Bone and Skeletal (Such as Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, etc.)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

For more information on service dogs you can visit the United States Dog Registry site at

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