"The Dog" by Helen Mixter

The Dog by Helen Mixter is a BC Bestseller children’s book inspired by Canuck Place therapy dog, Poppy.

You can purchase The Dog at Kidsbooks or online via Amazon and Indigo. Partial proceeds of the sales of the book will benefit Canuck Place. Contact your local bookstore for additional availability.

Inspired by Canuck Place’s beloved therapy dog, Poppy, The Dog by Helen Mixter is a story for young children that can provide healing and comfort, especially when times are tough.

Poppy reading "The Dog" book

Curriculum Resources

Are you a teacher who wants to bring Canuck Place into your classroom? See below for some great resources to help you do so!

The Dog Book

Canuck Place recently worked with Greystone Books and supported the publication of a children’s book called, “The Dog” written by Helen Mixter and illustrated by Margarita Sada (Available at Indigo, Kidsbooks, and Amazon with a portion of proceeds supporting care at Canuck Place).

The Dog was inspired by a visit to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, where Poppy the therapy dog is a companion to children with life-threatening illnesses, their families, and the hospice’s clinical care team.  This book is a story for young children that illustrates how warmth, companionship, compassion provides comfort, especially when times are tough. The story lends itself to opening discussions with children around the meaning and importance of compassion and caring for one another.

Canuck Place has partnered with BC Educator, Diane Nelson, to develop a teacher’s guide for discussion and activities in the classroom around the Dog Book. Canuck Place counsellor, Susan Poitras and Canuck Place VSB teacher, Kay Lever also supported developing the teacher materials.

The Dog Book – Introduction Companion Guide for Teachers

The Dog Curriculum Guide Activity 1 – Emotional Cues

The Dog Curriculum Guide Activity 2 – Understanding Compassion

The Dog Curriculum Guide Activity 3 – Caring Circle

Talking to Your Students about Canuck Place

We understand talking about Canuck Place to young students can be difficult, but we think it’s an important part of the fundraising journey, and can be used to discuss a number of topics that fit into your curriculum. To help, our Canuck Place school teacher has put together this handy guide to walk you through it.

Talking to Students About Canuck Place


Fundraising for Canuck Place

When you support Canuck Place in your school, you become a member of Team Canuck Place! Each year, schools from across the province run bake sales, collect bottles, host craft markets, and more. Last year, schools in BC raised over $40,000 in support of children and families at Canuck Place.

Learn more about fundraising in your classroom

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