THE TEAM
Therapy Dogs are listed alphabetically by their names - please select a tab:
Name: Jinx
Breed: Australian Shepherd (blue merle)
Date of birth: 27 May 2006
Regular handler: Conor Hughes
Background: Jinx loves people; we call her a ‘velcro dog’ because she just sticks to you! She has her Gold Canine Good Citizen award, and we train every week in a variety of disciplines.
Fun Fact: Jinx loves to watch TV, especially Animal Planet, and is a big ‘Frasier’ fan (she is fascinated by Frasier’s dog Eddie!)
Name: Jodie
Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Date of Birth: January 2009
Regular Handler: Doly Stiff
Background: Jodie passed her assessment and completed and passed her six probationary visits in March 2010. She has gone from strength to strength. She is a very friendly little dog both with other dogs and people. She goes to dog training once a week and has done so since she was 10 weeks old & in 2013 she achieved the Bronze Canine Good Citizen Award
Fun Fact: Jodie is being taught to give "high fives" - but she still won’t do them in public!!!
Name: Josh
Breed:
Basset Hound
Adopted:
19 April 2015 at 7 years old by Louise Botha
Regular Handler:
Marielle Labuschagne
Background:
Josh is my god-dog. I am unable to have my own dog at the moment, so Louise Botha, the Pretoria TOP Dogs team leader and Josh’s human, kindly agreed that Josh and I could become a team. He is the most laid-back dog on the planet - if he were human he would be a surfer. He is, like all Bassets, not one to act without serious consideration. He is a great cuddler, and the most lovable soul.
Fun Fact: He loves bread.
Name: Jules
Breed:
Cocker Spaniel
Date of Birth:
17 July 2012
Regular handler:
Elizabeth Boonzaaier
Background:
She has been with me since a puppy of 5 and a half weeks old, and has been attending obedience classes since she was 5 months old.
Fun fact:
She has eyelashes that never stop growing.
Name: Klara
Breed:
Boerboel
Date of Birth:
2 July 2014
Regular Handler:
Corrie Niemann
Background:
Klara was selected for her temperament and then she was “home schooled” from 8 weeks. She started puppy school very young to socialise her with other dogs. She adores children, and loves playing with our Cairn puppy. She may be a very strong and large dog, that to some may look vicious but she is as gentle as they come. She has her KUSA, Canine Good Citizen Certificates: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Fun fact: She “swims” with a pink life jacket, because she is too heavy to swim. She still has her “soft toy” that she sleeps with from day one.
Name: Ki-Mi
Breed:
Chow Chow
Date of birth:
1 January 2011
Regular Handler:
Vanessa Nicolau
Background:
Ki-Mi arrived from Lithuania 3 years ago & Angie spent a lot of time convincing us that Ki-Mi should follow Winston’s pawprints.  Qualifying this year Ki-Mi proudly wears her TopDogs jacket!
Fun Fact:
Known as Ki-Mi Kra-Zee, a chow chow that loves showing off, people and her best friends at home are Kasumi and Kendo.
Name: Keno
Breed:
Border Collie
Date of Birth:
31 May 2007
Regular Handler:
Ulrich Weiland
Background:
Keno was born in Kwazulu Natal, relocated to Pretoria in 2010 and came to live with us in Johannesburg. Our daughter took him for basic training and in 2011 he became the mascot for the Walkerville Farmers Market.  He loved going to the market, as it is dog friendly, and received lots of attention from the dogs and children.
Fun Fact:
He loves carrots and apples. When he hears any siren he joins in by howling.  Maybe this is because his mother and father were Police dogs. At the Farmers Market his favourite stall was the Pet Shop, where he would spend hours just watching the hamsters, mice, rats and rabbits.
Name: Lienkie
Breed:
Basset Hound
Date of Birth:
22 February 2011
Regular Handler:
Louise Botha
Background:
Lienkie came into our lives when was six weeks old, and things haven't been the same since.  She is a sweet, loving girl, and at her happiest when being scratched on her chest.  A typical Basset, she can be very stubborn, but she is super intelligent and just needs a little encouragement.  She passed her assessment on her 4th birthday, and loves her work with TOP Dogs.
Fun Fact:
Lienkie is the Alpha dog in the house and rules over her three Basset brothers like the queen she is.
Name: Luigi
Breed:
Cocker Spaniel
Date of Birth:
February 2015
Regular Handler:
Michele Bredenkamp
Background:
Luigi came to us from Spaniel Rescue and he immediately crept into our hearts with his gentle spirit.  His motto is "cuddles and kisses are for free"and he dishes them out willingly to whoever gives him the opportunity. Luigi loves spreading smiles for miles with TopDogs.
Fun Fact: Luigi's ball skills aren't fantastic but he has an absolute love for all his teddy bears.
Name: Lexi
Breed:
Border Collie
Date of Birth:
2012, adopted 2015
Regular Handler:
Lionel Jansen
Background:
Lexi was unfortunately very badly mishandled and as a result is very nervous.  Lexi does well in the schools environment or where she is not in a confined space.
Fun Fact: Lexi loves activities where she is not under direct control such as high and long jump and scrambling over ramps.  Lexi is learning to follow tracks and to locate articles in the veld.
Name: Layla
Breed: Border Collie
DOB: 13.10.1205
Regular handler: Sarah Paterson-Emms
Background: She lives with two other border collies and one cross husky X GS. She has been for training in obedience and agility
Fun Fact - She loves to go on holiday and walk on the beach with her sisters and brother, and also likes to sit on the beach and watch the sea coming in