Look for Chance's picture in this year's yearbook!
Chance is a four year old Golden Retriever who was adopted in January of 2017 by Mrs. Labuda and her husband. Chance was a stray who was found in Lorain County in November 2016 with severe injuries to his left hind leg and his front paw. These injuries resulted in the amputation of his hind leg and one toe on his front paw. Chance had a "ruff" past but didn't let his past or his injuries slow him down! After months of rehabilitation, Chance began his journey to becoming a therapy dog. He first passed his Canine Good Citizen test in March, after just 5 weeks of classes. He then went on to become an AKC certified Tricks Dog and is a certified tricks dog at both the Novice and Intermediate levels. Chance passed his therapy dog test in July 2017 to become a certified therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International. He has made a number of appearances on Fox 8 News and was recently featured on the cover of the October issue of CLEDOG Magazine. To read Chance's full story, click on the links below his picture to view his blog and Facebook page.
Chance is a dog with a purpose. His mission is to inspire kids to accept diversity, appreciate their own individuality and to conquer challenges with a positive attitude. Chance's job at school is to listen to students read and to help them feel more confident in their reading. He also has his own mailbox at school and students love to send him "tail mail" and practice their writing skills by writing cards, notes, pictures and letters. Chance also helps out with the summer reading program at the Brook Park Public Library. He is currently working towards meeting the milestone of 100 school visits which will earn him the title "Tail-Wagging Tutor" through Therapy Dogs International.
NEWSFLASH!!! BPM featured on Fox 8 News!-March 9, 2018
On Friday, March 9, 2018 Fox 8 News was here to film a story on our very own therapy dog, Chance and how he is helping the staff and students at BPM. Fox 8 News first aired Chance's story in November of 2016 when he was found as an injured stray. Since then he has recovered from his injuries and is now a registered therapy dog who visits BPM on Fridays. Chance greets students as they arrive to school in the mornings and works with students in Title I throughout the day. Click on the link below to view the story.