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Bernie the Saint Bernard puppy

Bernie - 4 months old

Bernie the Saint Bernard walk

Bernie - spring 2016



**PLEASE NOTE: Bernie's Buddies is not intended to replace professional therapy. If a child or young adult requires immediate/emergency assistance please call 911 or contact the Distress Centre or Kids' Help Phone

We do not endorse any of the following but offer them simply as additional sources of support.

Children' and Youth Grief

Canadian Alliance for Children's Grief 

Children and Youth Grief Network

Parenting Grieving Children - Family Education Centre

Tips to Help Kids Deal with Bereavement

Children's Grief Awareness Day 

The Dougy Center - The National Center for Grieving Children and Families

Judi's House - JAG Institute - For Grieving Children and Families

Dr. Alan Wolfelt - The Center for Loss and Life Transition

The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement 

Sesame Street in Communities

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network



Human-Animal Bond

Just a few of thousands of links to research and application demonstrating the power of the human-animal bond:


Pet Partners

The Effect of a Therapy Dog on the Effectiveness of a Child Life Intervention with Adolescents Experiencing Grief and Loss - Jenna Teso




Other Amazing Sources of Support

Community Therapy Dogs Society - Bernie and Angela were proud to volunteer with CTDS in the Listening Tails, Visiting Tails, and Caring Tails programs. Brisk and Bernie were happy to volunteer with CTDS in alll three amazing programs.

Foothills Animal Hospital - these compassionate animal lovers know pets are family and are dedicated to their health and well-being.

Muttley Crue - need a new doggy 'do? Get awesome pampering with the award-winning Crue.

The Lioness Project - helps girls become more resilient in their everyday lives through a combination of yoga, mindfulness, impactful discussions and self-reflection activities to help girls learn about resilience and to gain tools to help them overcome challenges.

Strong Daughters - a peer support group for young adult women grieving the loss of a parent. It supports women ages 18-35 in their grief journey. The group is not professionally led and all participants acknowledge group guidelines before the monthly meeting begins. The group welcomes participants from all faith backgrounds.





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