"I want to express my profound gratitude to Peter Lood and Shai Perlmutter of In Canis Speramus for putting their utmost of talents and time into training Archer into a world class PTSD Service Dog. This was very evident to me from the first time I met and worked with Archer, until the completion of an extremely demanding, but very worthwhile and successful, transitional training program under their tutelage.
Every one of you have participated in a support effort that likely saved my life. Archer has been successful in returning a little joy in my life, all of which has been impacted by multiple traumas since 1997 and before.
From the bottom of my heart, I will never forget or take for granted the impact of your compassion, generosity, support, and professionalism."
Retired Detective Const. Gary Potter, OPPA, Brandon, Manitoba
Constable Shawn Fougere, Ontario Provincial Police Association, (OPPA), North Bay, Ontario
Kal, a one-year old German Shepherd Dog, is enjoying all the attention he is getting when accompanying Constable Shawn Fougere to work at the Ontario Provincial Police’s office, North Bay, ON. Trained for duty as a Service Dog by In Canis Speramus, this dog/handler team is a trailblazer within law enforcement - for the second time in Canadian history a police officer affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) returns to active duty with a Service Dog. Since PTSD is a prevalent health condition within the law enforcement community, this event sets an important precedent for other PTSD survivors.
Since acquiring Kal, the dog has completely transformed Shawn's life; previously he avoided public areas, but now regularly visits big-box stores, restaurants and cinemas. In August, the family enjoyed fireworks displays and performances at Casino Lac-Leamy - something that was completely out of the question just a few months ago. According to his wife: ‘I now have my husband and my family back’. At In Canis Speramus we take great pride and joy in the knowledge that our exceptionally well-trained dogs can transform people’s lives in this way.