Hi, I’m Buffy! I am a black Labrador Retriever. I was born on October 22, 2010 in California with the destiny of becoming a service dog.
When I was 8 weeks old, I flew to New Jersey where I lived with my puppy raisers for the next 18 months. During this time, I was learning the foundation skills that would prepare me for the next step in my journey.
In the spring of 2012, I moved to New York and went through nine months of advanced training to further my education and learn the skills needed to become a service dog.
Then, in February 2013 I went through Team Training during which time I was partnered with my new mom, Brenda.
Together we have had many adventures and I thought that it would be a good idea to share these adventures through my book and blog with the goal of educating all of you about disabilities and the many ways service dogs can be of assistance.
I’m Buffy’s mom Brenda and I’ve been fully dependent on using a power wheelchair for mobility since the spring of 1995. I’ve used service dogs to assist me and enhance my independence throughout this time.
In the fall of 2010, I applied for what would become my third service dog. The wait seemed endless but partnering with Buffy was worth every minute!
I enjoy training and showing dogs, learning new dog training skills through the classes I takes at FDSA, photography, educating others about disabilities and service dogs, and spending time with family and friends.
Buffy and Brenda
Hi, I’m Denise! I helped Brenda and Buffy write their book so that more people could learn about the importance of service dogs.
I live in California with my own three dogs, Brito, Lyra, and Raika. If my picture with Brito looks familiar, that’s because he has a book of his own called Blogger Dog, Brito! That book tells the story of Brito’s life!
Most people think of me as a professional dog trainer and author, but my favorite thing to do is to help people and dogs live together happily by helping them understand each other better. I hope this blog helps you to do that with your own dog, while answering any questions you may have about specially trained dogs, like Buffy.
Denise and her dog, Brito