The BDOC demo team was formed over 30 years ago and has regularly entertained seniors and shut-ins with obedience exercises and tricks galore. The team visits residences at least twice a month and often three times a month from Sept to June. We visit Peter Clark residences, Elizabeth Bruyere, Olde Forge, St Vincent's hospital, Carleton Lodge, the Ravine Residence, New Orchard Lodge and many other homes around the city. Lydia is our chief and diligently arranges visits and times. Ruth is our spokesperson during the demo and keeps the 'show' running smoothly.

We have 10 members:

  • Betty Ann and Miniature Poodle Leah,
  • Helen and her Soft Coated Wheaton grand dog Archie and her Shetland Sheepdog Coco,
  • Paul and his Bernese Mountain Dog Rolli,
  • Rod and his American Cocker Spaniel Cecil,
  • Ghislaine and her Miniature Poodle William,
  • Jan and her Golden Retriever Tammy, 
  • Barb and her Portuguese Water Dog Frida, 
  • Adelle and her Flat Coated Retriever Zak,
  • Wendy and her mini Labradoodle Katy,
  • Nancy and her Shitzu-Poodle mix Barney.

Our performance consists of some very original tricks such as Rolli identifying his colours, Archie playing dead, Tammy playing her hide'n'seek game with her ball, William doing his retrieve and recall, Cecil going to his mat and spinning, and Frida doing her balancing tricks. All of these tricks are combined with long sits/downs, retrieves, signals, recalls and heeling demos.

It truly is a fun hour and extremely rewarding as residents reminisce about their former dogs, all the time smiling and petting the dogs.

For more information, or if you would like to join our demo team, please contact Paul or Lydia at 613-225-1984.

The BDOC Obedience Demonstration team is always looking for new members!

Fall, 2017 Schedule

Monday, Aug 21, 11 am  Jack Purcell Centre

Thursday, Sept 7, 11 am  Marochel Manor

Thursday, Sept 14, 2 pm  Granite Ridge Ret. Home

Thursday, Sept 21, 1 pm   Good Companions

Monday, Sept 25, 1:45 pm  Carleton Lodge

Thursday, Oct 5, 2 pm  Carefor, Veterans Hospital

Thursday, Oct 19, 2 pm  Peter D. Clarke

Monday, Oct 23, 1 pm   Bells Corners Friendship Club

Thursday, Nov 2, 1 pm  Rotary House

Thursday, Nov 16, 2 pm  West End Villa

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This following submission is written by submitted by Lydia Schuppli (typed by her daughter)

HISTORY OF THE DEMO TEAM

The demo - actually a misnomer since we do more fun things than just demo - was started by Vera and Clint McEvoy over 25 years ago. Later Nadine Sears took over the bookings. In 1998 she moved into a retirement home and couldn't do it anymore; Paul volunteered me to take over the bookings. Since then we have done at least 450 demos - maybe even more - and we are still at it, with about 7 - 9 dogs. We and the dogs do this - no charge! But we like to be introduced and thanked, which does not always happen. Our dogs are a good bunch, they know each other and seem happy to show off what they can do. Each dog has his special talent - sometimes, it is just lying on the floor and acting silly, which always draws lots of applause. Some are very clever and sniff and find things. Others can do a whole routine with just hand signals, sit in boxes - tail in, lie down on a blanket when told, know colours, and even help you up when you fall. They all like the tunnel at the end of the show. People love to see the dogs run and just be happy. We entertained kids during the March Break at the Jack Purcell Centre. It was probably the happiest time with our dogs, and the children loved them. Our last demo this spring was with disabled adults, who could not tell the dogs they loved them, but just touched them and felt their fur. It was a good ending for the season. We look forward to the fall season, we have one booking already. Let us not forget the members who cannot come anymore, and whose dogs were loved by the group. Eleanor Rede with her coffee-loving mini dachshund, and Gilbert Jamieson who drove faithfully the hour from Prescott - his poodles were so smart and loved by the group. Thank you also to the others who came before them. 


Carleton Lodge - May 2016

Carleton Lodge May 2016
Carleton Lodge May 2016
Carleton Lodge May 2016
Carleton Lodge May 2016
Carleton Lodge May 2015
Carleton Lodge May 2016
Demo Team 2012

Brie - Black Poodle (Gib Jamieson)

Dice - Dalmation (Barb Jeffrey)

Paddy - Apricot Poodle (Helen McGill)

Rolli - Bernese Mountain Dog (Paul & Lydia Schupplie)

Tia - American Cocker Spaniel (Ruth & Rod Craig)

Nikki - Dachshund (Eleanor Ede)

Demo Team
BDOC Demo Team

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