Therapy Dogs are listed alphabetically by their names - please select a tab:
Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Date of Birth: 1 June 2013
Regular Handler: Christine Broadbent
Background: Achilles came from a breeder, we were originally looking for a female but figured a male would be better with our female staffie. So looked for a black staffie and Achilles breeder contacted us to say she had a black male pup, met him, fell in love and brought him home.
Fun Fact: He loves to pick up our shoes and carry them around when we get home, all the time making little growly woof sounds, very cute. He’s a snuggle bug of note and will fall asleep in my husband’s arms in our bed.
Breed: Scottish Terrier / Cairn cross
Date of Birth: Unknown - she is a rescue. Estimated 9/10 years old (2015).
Regular Handler: Jann Becker
Background: Alley was adopted from the SPCA 5 years ago. Energetic playful and an incredible friend to another thoroughbred Scottish Terrier.
Fun Fact: Alley goes OCD over finding bugs in any terrain. She has been known to not have ears when we go for walks - foraging for any creepy crawly she can find.
Breed: Irish Wolfhound
DOB or Adopted: 14.07.2012
Regular handler: Clare Ernstzen
Background: I bred him.
Fun Fact: Brennan is a goofball, the softest, gentlest, loveable big baby.
Name: Bella (aka BellaB)
Breed: Golden Retriever
Date of Birth: 7 August 2011
Regular Handler: Jann Blatch
Background: Born in Pretoria. My husband chose her for my 50th Birthday. She has been a real blessing to our whole family, young and old. Bella travels a lot and loves the sea and swimming in rivers and dams.
Fun Fact: Bella loves playing soccer and has perfected carrying a soccer ball without puncturing it. She has multiple balls hidden all over the garden. Chasing lizards is a major pass-time and sometimes saving them from drowning in the pool.
Breed: Border Collie
Adopted: August 2009, SPCA Kempton Park
Regular Handler: Denise Naudè
Background: Bella came to us with a broken spirit. She had no bounce, no wiggle and couldn’t be lured out of her kennel even with the most tempting doggy snack on offer. It took months of dedication to win her trust. She attended basic obedience classes and qualified as a TOP Dog therapy dog on 30 September 2015. Bella is very fond of small children and thoroughly enjoy the attention received from the children in our AAT programs.
Fun Fact: Bella loves to stalk birds, slowly creeping up to them and then she utters a joyous bark and runs off to her next “hide and bark” game.
Breed: Basset Hound
Date of Birth: February 2015
Regular Handler: Jann Suttie
Background: I obtained Bertie from an animal rescue centre he had been given up by his previous owners he was 6 and half months old. Bertie was enrolled at a dog school to assist with his training and as soon as he was old enough he was put forward for the evaluation to become a Therapy Dog. Bertie now joins his brother Freddy as proud team members of Top Dogs.
Fun Fact: Bertie is a very loving little dog and loves nothing better than cuddling up to me or his brothers, he has his mad hour when he just goes cracker dog by racing all around the house and garden.
Date of Birth: 2 November 2015
Regular Handler: Jessica Kellerman
Background: We brought Bella into our home at 8 weeks old as a friend for Waffle (mixed breed). Ever since she’s been the centre of attention. Bella is calm for a Beagle though very busy for a dog!
Fun Fact: When we’re out and about Bella’s nose is almost always on the ground as she just loves smelling things. Other than her therapy visits, she enjoys doing agility class, going for long walks, visiting outdoor markets, playing hide and seek, chewing toys, playing tug of war or (sometimes) cuddling up on the couch. Her favourite thing in the world is kisses on her cheek.
Breed: Golden Retriever
Date of Birth: 16 May 2011
Regular Handler: Frank Schneider
Background: We bought her through a breeder in KwaZulu-Natal. Casey is true to her breed as she loves retrieving - she was very easy to train. She loves swimming. As long as she is getting attention she is very happy. She is extremely loveable and life would not be the same without her.
Fun Fact: She brings the newspaper to me every morning in bed.
Breed: Golden Retriever
Date of Birth: 1 February 2014
Regular handler: Marie Jacobs
Background: Diva was given to me as a very special birthday gift when she was seven weeks old. She is an only child in a single parent home. As a puppy she did the puppy socialization course and is currently busy with further training. Diva has an independent spirit, is strong-willed and can be very stubborn. She is my “hearing dog” and listens out for the doorbell and other sounds.
Fun Fact: Diva is absolutely in love with an old blanket which is always close by. When the door bell rings, she grabs the blanket in her mouth and greets the visitor, strutting and presenting her blanket.
Date of Birth: 28 June 2013
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Regular Handler: Stacey Rogers
Background: Cloud has always had a love for people, especially children. As with all Australian Shepherds he is a Velcro dog and is always close on hand.
Fun Fact: He loves to swim and takes every opportunity to get wet, and muddy. The muddier the better!!!
Date of Birth: 29 December 2012
Regular handler: Pam Green
Background: Bella was rehomed with us when she was 10 months old. She lives with her Chocolate Labrador sister Pepper (also a therapy dog) and with a rescue Beagle brother Odie.
Fun Fact: Bella loves to snuggle up next to people and enjoys sleeping on any available pillow. Atypically of a beagle she will (occasionally) come when called. She is a very good sniffer and can find food, and other “edible” things, no matter how well they are hidden.
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Date of birth: 4 June 2011
Regular Handler: Jan Smit
Background: Champ is doing well at dog training. He loves people especially children.
Fun Fact: Champ plays piano, give him half a chance and he jumps all fours on the keyboard and walks up and down the scales! During our last holiday in Cape Town he climbed Table Mountain with us, and swam in the Atlantic Ocean, surfing the waves! He loves to swim, a real Sea-Dog!
Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Date of birth: 6 July 2011
Background: Dexter passed his assessment in July 2012, and has been loving the Fourways visits. He is especially fond of old people, and his gentleness and his dashing good looks makes him a favourite with the ladies!
Fun Fact: Dexter loves ribbons, baby powder, cuddles and being bathed
Breed: Jack Russell
Date of Birth: May 2012
Regular Handler: Charmaine Spruit
Background: Dextor is our only child in the house, and thanks to Joan Longford Smith from TLC doggy hotel that sponsors Dextor he can now spread smiles for miles.
Fun Fact: Dextor is a outdoor fun going playful dog. That also loves the waves of the sea, the bush and adores going shopping in his pet stroller.