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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       


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!


July 13, 2016

Talk about the dog days of summer! It's hot, but I'm enjoying some vacation time and staying cool.


June 22, 2016

Buckles with grads

Three of my favorite high school buddies are graduating. Gabby Corrodore, Kristina Nevulis (my human sister) and Hannah Freese stopped in to see me before they walked through the Elementary School today in their caps and gowns.

June 15, 2016

The high school students are taking Regents so the rest of us have to be really quiet, which I always am because it's part of my job as a service dog. I prefer to think of myself as reserved and distinguished.


June 8, 2016

I was happy to be visited by some students today from the elementary school and rushed back from my walk (in the rain) to see them. I also saw students getting ready for a talent show today. I wonder if that is anything like a dog and pony show?


May 4, 2016

Can it be May? A time when a working dog's thoughts turn to lessons with children outdoors, happy voices at recess and helping high schoolers with pre-finals nerves? Yes it is.


April 6, 2016

The snow is back, and I enjoyed walking on what was left of it on the grass while watching students in our Just Run program circle the school at a pretty good pace. They looked like they were having fun!


March 10, 2016

It's pretty warm to be wearing a fur coat! But it is good for the students who get to go outside to learn with their classes and those who are playing spring sports.


February 24, 2016

The students returned from winter break with lots of energy and excitement about learning. I was glad to see them again. Sometimes they visit me as a reward for positive behavior, and other times I visit their classrooms and activities. I like when the younger students read to me.


February 3, 2016

I helped with a new communications project today that should make things easier for both students and parents. Stay tuned for details.


December 16, 2015

The holiday season is a busy one here at SCS, with the students working on decorating contests, food drives (I know not to taste-test the donations) and end of year projects. We also get to enjoy recess play outside - it's warm!


November 4, 2015

Buckles with leash

Students have recess, I have walks. We work hard and play hard in Schoharie.

October 7, 2015

I've been busy being a reward for good behavior and good work: some of our younger students get to visit with me when they do well in school.


September 15, 2015


Welcome back everyone! I can't believe we are already in our second week of classes. I've met lots of new students and seen many returning friends. I also checked out the new school sign today.


July 8, 2015

I'm taking some time off to be a dog this summer while our school is getting cleaned, waxed, repaired, shined and polished.


June 16, 2015

There are no dogs allowed on the school running track, but I'm okay with that. I'm more of a cross country runner myself.

Buckles at the running track


June 10, 2015

I stopped by Technology class the other day, where Mr. DeLaney's students were learning construction skills. I wonder if they build dog houses?

Buckles at Technology class 


May 13, 2015

I have many friends here in Schoharie, including these students who took a quick moment to visit with me after my walk recently.

Buckles and friends

April 29, 2015

I had fun visiting with some of my friends from one of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) classes.


April 14, 2015

I had a special request to visit my friends in Mr. Scofield's classroom today after my midday walk. They are some of my biggest fans on campus here at Schoharie and even make me biscuits.

Buckles    Buckles


March 17, 2015

I didn't see any leprechauns during my walk around campus today, but the elementary children are enjoying St. Patrick's Day activities. One class was working on a lesson while listening to Celtic music.


March 15, 2015

Well, I'm not part of the cast, but if I were a human, I'd be enjoying Curtains today at SCS!


Buckles with students

March 3, 2015

A few of my friends took me for a walk outside this afternoon. It was great fun.

February 25, 2015

I participated in the school's Community Budget Forum tonight. I was a good listener and was happy to see many people talking about our schools there, including parents, teachers, students, board members, staff and people from the community.


February 6, 2015

It's cold outside, but the students here in Schoharie never seem to stop moving, in the gym, in the classrooms and labs and in the hallways, where I see them heading to music lessons, sports practices, clubs and lots of other activities. Whew, sometimes just watching them almost tires me out!


January 12, 2015

I've been all around the school, with so much to do: visiting with younger students who are doing well with their studies, checking in on high school happenings and lending an ear and a paw to those needing a little furry support. The life of a therapeutic classroom assistance dog is an awesome one.


December 16, 2014

Mickey and Buckles

I showed off many of my skills today to Mickey, Transportation Director Amy Crewell's son. Mickey likes dogs and treated me to a game of ball and a kiss!

Mickey and Buckles Mickey and Buckles Mickey and Buckles



November 26, 2014

People food may smell tasty, but as a working dog, I have a special diet so I stay fit and healthy and able to continue helping students and staff at Schoharie. I do ask for a little treat from time to time, however.

November 24, 2014

The holidays may be approaching, but the students have been busy, both the little ones and the high school students, who have done well in their sports this fall. If they only had a fetch team . . .

October 22, 2014

I've been busy being a reward for good behavior. I recently took walks with Mrs. Hammond's class and spent time with students in kindergarten through 3rd grade who have been working hard and doing well each day!

October 1, 2014

Wanted: Good student behavior. Reward: Me! When children in the Elementary School do a good job in class, meet a goal or demonstrate positive behavior, they are able to visit with me as a reward. In turn, I must be on my own best behavior as Schoharie's assistance dog.


on the CTE bus

September 10, 2014

I decided to hop on the bus recently to learn a Career and Technical Education subject with my SCS High School friends, and I'm sorry this photo doesn't show my best side! BOL! (Bark Out Loud) Seriously, though, they are getting a good jump on career and college, and you can see they enjoy what they are learning in CTE.

July 28, 2014

I'm off-campus today, but hear that the new cubbies and rooms in the Elementary School K-2 wing are looking fantastic. I will be checking them out soon with my new and returning little friends!

July 22, 2014

I've been taking a break from my on-campus work, enjoying some down-dog time, as my yoga friends would say. Summer is fun, but school will be here before we know it!



July 8, 2014

I recently enjoyed a visit from Quinn, who is SCS faculty member Jenn Bellen's daughter. I'm thinking she is a true Buckles fan!




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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