Clipped From The San Bernardino County Sun
Water Tiny Dog Makes Career Out of Going to School By LEONARD METZ Sun-Telwam Sun-Telwam Sun-Telwam Staff Writer Tuffy has been in the 5th grade at Barton School longer than the teacher. Mrs. Ann Reese inherited Tuffy when she came to Barton about seven years ago. Tuffy was already attending. He started by accompanying Steve Pepper to the fifth grade, and Steve today is a senior at San Gorgonio High. When Steve left Barton for junior high school, Tuffy kept right on going. He would leave the home of the Charles M. Pepper family at 6277 Rosena, early every morning, stop at Pumalo and Sterling Sterling to help the youngsters cross the street, then spend the rest of the day at Barton. Every afternoon he would reverse his steps, helping to guide the youngsters across busy Sterling Avenue before returning returning home. He's still guarding the crossing. Mrs. James McHarry, named crossing guard at the corner 30 months ago, said that Tuffy is a big help. "He keeps the other dogs away, too," she said. "He growls at them." "Tuffy decided he likes me," she said. "He comes here between 7:45 and 8 every every ' morning and keeps me company. He goes out into the street even farther than I do to guide the children across. "He waits for Greg to come along." Greg is a boy who lives on his street. Greg stops for the dog, and they go on to school together. Greg is not a member of the Pepper family, but there are no longer any young Peppers going to Barton. Mike, 20, is in the Navy, and Steve is an All-CIF All-CIF All-CIF tackle at San Gorgonio High. PAGEL-KING PAGEL-KING PAGEL-KING . At Barton, Tuffy spends a lot of time in Mrs. Reese's classroom. This year they included him in the Room D-l D-l D-l pictures, pictures, right between Mrs. Reese and the principal, Cecil E. Moore. Tuffy is usually well-mannered, well-mannered, well-mannered, but has a few bad habits. The children say he likes to chew up erasers and crayons. Mrs. Reese said Tuffy can only stay in class if the children obey "t h e rule." "We can't put him," they chorused, when asked to give the rule. Lloyd McDaniel, the teacher in D-3 D-3 D-3 two doors down, remembers when Steve was attending his class. Tuffy still comes in once in a while to visit, McDaniel said. Tuffy is a non-partisan non-partisan non-partisan dog, part Pekinese, Pekinese, part toy collie and part uncommitted. uncommitted. He is 12 years old. "He's been real good with kids," said Mike. "He lets them pull on his ears and push him around and doesn't do anything." When Tuffy was small, you'd never have thought he'd take up going to school as a career. "Once he walked into a corner," Mike said, "and cried because he didn't know how to back out." County Peace Officers To Hear Traffic Chief Richard F. Schmidt, senior traffic hearing officer for San Bernardino Juvenile Juvenile Court, will speak at the San Bernardino Bernardino County Peace Officers Association Association dinner meeting today at Golden Embers, 630 W. Foothill Blvd., Rialto. Schmidt will discuss the juvenile traffic traffic program and statistics. The dinner is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. A social hour will precede it.