THE TEAM
Therapy Dogs are listed alphabetically by their names - please select a tab:
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: Jake
Breed:
Labrador Retriever
Date of Birth:
12 April 2016
Regular Handler:
Jan van Es
Background:
Jake came to our home at eight weeks old as a companion for Ollie, our Chocolate Labrador and also a Therapy Dog. He has been awarded the Bronze Canine Good Citizen certificate and will work towards his Silver and Gold awards next year. Jake has a lovely temperament, quick to learn, eager to please (for a treat!), and a "partner in crime" for Ollie....
Fun Fact: He loves to swim on a regular basis and is a star in the pool.
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: Kiko
Breed:
Pomeranian
Date of Birth:
August 2008 adopted just under a year.
Regular Handler: 
Channèl Prinsloo
Background:
We adopted Kiko at the age of just under a year as her owner at that time was having a child and gave her away. Kiko was abused when she was a pup and unfortunately this experience stuck with her. A lot of hard work and commitment resulted in her overcoming this fear and she blossomed into the amazing dog she is today.
Fun Fact:
She is normally the most tranquil of the three at home but is really coming in to her own at agility. Kiko was also on Espresso morning show in 2012 as a runner up for the Bobtail dog.
Name: KD
Breed:
Collie x Corgie
Date of Birth:
2007
Regular Handler:
Diane Logie
Background:
KD was adopted from Kitty and Puppy Haven in 2018. He was a skinny boy who soon become the love of his human’s life. KD was an only dog and spoilt rotten until 2014 when his Hayley was adopted. KD follows in the footsteps of his little sister in becoming a therapy dog.
Fun Fact:
KD has his Novice Trick Dog Title and is working towards his Intermediate Title. He loves giving high 5’s at visits and will do almost anything for a treat!
Name: Layla
Breed: Border Collie
Date of Birth: 13 October 2005
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.
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: Laddie
Breed:
Golden Retriever
Date of Birth:
15 May 2015
Regular Handler:
Dawn Schneider Kuper
Background:
Adopted from emigrants
Fun Fact:
Achieved canine good citizen Silver
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: Keira 
Breed:
Beagle
Date of Birth:
21 September 2014
Regular Handler:
Stevie Ancient
Background:
She absolutely loves doing visits, especially Hospitals. Her biggest aim in life is to cover herself with any sort of blanket, this she does daily. She loves her food too much and l have to watch her as she is good at swiping food off tables.
Fun Fact: For all her faults she has a beautiful nature and loves to run at high speed, plus her eyes will just melt you into doing what she wants.
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: Luna
Breed:
Africanis
Date of Birth:
6 June 2014
Regular Handler:
Romandi Wagenaar
Background:
Luna was adopted as a puppy from Ark Animal Shelter in 2014. She was very shy and scared at first but warmed up when she realised she found her forever home. We think she has a lot of German Shepherd blood, she is quick to learn a new trick and understand what you are saying.
Fun Fact: Luna loves to go on walks in the park, she is super-fast and always run around in search of field mice. She will never shy away from a playful tug-o-war and will jump to great heights just to get the rope back.
Name: Jagger
Breed:
Golden Retriever
Date of Birth:
11 August 2016
Regular Handler:
Clara Belli
Background:
Jagger was born at South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind.  I was his puppy raiser so I got him at 7 weeks.  He was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia at 12 months old and was withdrawn from the program. Jagger has had two operations on his elbows and we are trying to keep him pain-free with hydrotherapy and injections. Now he is helping me raise other puppies for SA Guide-Dogs.
Fun Facts: The first Guide Dog rule we broke when Jagger was withdrawn was to allow him on beds.  Now he sleeps with us every night!