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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: 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: Cocker Spaniel
Date of Adoption: January 2017
Regular Handler: Francesca Lobetti
Background: She was a recuse from Spaniel Welfare
Fun Fact: She loves playing with her barbie pink soccer ball and she often plays hide and seek in the garden just so she can be picked up and carried inside.
Breed: Boston Terrier
Date of Birth: 6 May 2013
Regular Handler: Lydia Bundred
Background: Bugsy was adopted when she was 8 weeks old. She is very intelligent and turns her little head when you make a sound she is unfamiliar with. Bugsy has 3 doggy siblings who she loves to play with.
Fun Fact: Bugsy's favourite toy is a rope toy - she can play tug-o-war all day. When it is hot outside she takes a swim in the pool with her dog siblings and riding in the car is such a treat, especially when she gets to put her head out the window.
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: Border Collie X
Date of Birth: Adopted March 2016
Regular Handler: Ivy Baleta
Background: adopted from Woodrock Animal Rescue in Hennops River.
Fun Fact: Buddy loves people and children and can’t wait to meet and greet them on approaching. Buddy easily socialized with our other two small older rescues, Dasher 13 and Sox 11. He loves his ball, which he has stolen from Sox and never gives him a turn to catch and fetch. He is a keen learner and we are very happy to have him in the family and we all love him very much.
Breed: Boston Terrier
Date of Birth: June 2016
Regular Handler: Claire Macintosh
Background: Betty was born in Namibia and flew to Johannesburg when she was 4 months old to take up her place as the boss at home.
Fun Fact: Although Betty excelled at puppy school, she hates sitting on the ground. She has to sit on a chair or a lap whenever possible and if you don't pick her up, she will be very vocal about it.
Breed: Xoloitzcuintli (no - I can't pronounce it!) aka Mexican Hairless
Date of Birth: 2014
Regular Handler: Claire Macintosh
Background: Rescued by Animal Ambulance as a tiny pup. Adopted when she was about 8 weeks old with her sister Maya
Fun Fact: Azzie does not bark or growl like a regular dog, she squeaks like a kitten! And being hairless, she has a whole wardrobe of outfits for winter.
Breed: Rough Collie X
Date of Birth: 2 October 2010
Regular Handler: Gill Pearson
Background: Bush was taken into care by Border Collie Rescue after being surrendered by his family for economic reasons. He was adopted by Gill and Norman in December 2012 and been with them ever since with Kelly, Sporran and Melba.
Fun Fact: He likes car rides and sits in the front passenger seat as he is gets car sick in the back. Bush also does monthly tin collections for Animals in Distress and Border Collie Rescue with his Belgian Shepherd brother Kelly where he interacts with children and people of all ages and ethnic groups and his always happy to greet them.
Date of Birth: 26 April 2013
Regular Handler: Sarah van der Molen
Background: Belle and Steven are brother and sister and come from a long line of TOP Dogs. Their grandparents, Mowgli and April, were founder members of TOP Dogs, and Frank is their uncle. Pugs love to be with people. Visiting, sitting on laps and cuddling is just what this pug family has loved to do over the years with Top Dogs!
Fun Fact: I have to take two chairs to the shows, one for me and one for Belle! She always likes my chair best!!
Date of Birth: 4 June 2012
Regular Handler: Jan Smit
Background: Champ trains at Birch Acres dog training club, he’s reached ‘C’ class and has Champion status in Flyball.
Fun Fact: As most Labradors do, he loves to swim. Champ is musical too, ask him to play piano he will jump all 4’s on the keyboard and walk up and down the scales!
Breed: Golden Retriever
Date of Birth: 20 November 2013
Regular Handler: Ilse-Mari Bosch
Background: Belladonna was originally bred to be an emotional support dog, but the owners did not keep to this. From day one we knew she was a born therapy dog so after a strict diet and some basic obedience she was put forward for the evaluation to become a Therapy Dog. Belladonna's dad, Benjamin was the first in-house therapy dog at Life New Kensington clinic.
Fun Fact: She loves getting attention and would give you either her paw or bump you with her head until she receives attention. Her second name is Chewy aka Chewbacca as she would eat anything.
Breed: Labrador (chocolate)
Date of Birth: 6 April 2015
Regular Handler: Ilona Krugee
Background: Born in Centurion. Did all her training at McKaynine. Latest Gold CGC. Lovies swimming summer and winter. She gets shaved on a monthly basis, as she sleeps with mom and dad in the bed. Dad picked her name.
Fun Facts: Cadbury loves walking around with soft toys. Her teddy is her favoured. She enjoys play dates with her 2 Retriever friends.
Breed: Labrador Retreiver
Adopted: 31 January 2016 from Labrador Rescue
Regular Handler: Marlene Meiring
Background: Chisomo survived being abandoned and diagnosed with second stage mast cell cancer. She proofed that lots and lots of love will make a dog go the extra mile to become a therapy dog.
Fun Fact: Chisomo will drool your last piece of rusk out of your mouth. She's at any given time ready for a swim, ear scratch, playing ball, or ride in the car.
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: American staffie
Adopted: Had since she was a puppy 2011
Regular Handler: Suné Whittal
Background: Bailey is a fun, loving part human dog who has always been drawn to people and able to make them smile, she has completed a varied of training programs and takes special pride in working with the disabled community her strong build makes her a great companion for rehabilitation movement and allowing kids to enjoy activities with her.
Fun Fact: Bailey has many tricks up her sleeve but her favourite is opening her birthday and Christmas presents.
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.
Breed: Jack Russell Terrier
Date of Birth: 24 April 2014
Regular Handler: Sonja Reichwein
Background: Dexter found me as a puppy from a ‘whoopsie’ litter of JRTs. He is my first dog and has agreed to love cats also! From the day he came to live with me, he also came to work with me, now we limit this to say, once a week! This has made him so easy around people. His picture perfect features are enough to convince any person to love him.
Fun Fact: Dexter is crazy about his ball, and swimming, preferably swimming with a ball! Dexter is office mascot, and comes dressed for action sporting a tie and attitude to take on the world.
Breed: Staffie X Jack Russell
Date of Birth: March 2011
Regular Handler: Mark Theron
Background: Chloe was heaven-sent, as we inherited her just after a family loss. Chloe is a little boisterous because of her genes (she doesn’t realise her own strength), so she is better suited to visits with children. She is calm, friendly and exceptionally lovable and is a master kisser.
Fun Fact: Chloe loves to play rough and tumble with our cat Sidney (who thinks he is a dog). She also gets silly at times and loves racing around the house like a mad thing running from room to room jumping form beds to couches and back again.
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!!!
Breed: Cavalier Spaniel Cross
Date of Birth: unknown - adopted September 2018 aged 5 or 6
Regular Handler: Angie Thornton Background: Bailey was adopted from Roodepoort SPCA, and was welcomed into the family, by his 3 new Cavalier KC Spaniel ‘sisters’, where he soon learned to relax.
Fun Fact: Bailey loves visitors to the house, and runs to fetch a toy for them to throw, BUT he doesn’t have an ‘off’ switch, and will continue for ‘hours’!!!
Breed: Border Collie
Date of Birth: 5 April 2015
Regular Handler: Leigh Roos
Background: Bella was bought for the purpose to train as an Air Scent Search & Rescue Dog. She is a trainee and will very shortly qualify. Besides her incredible high drive I saw a gentle side to her that loved children and that is when Bella and I decided that we needed to try out the Therapy Dog programme.
Fun Fact: Bella’s favourite toy is a squeaky toy on a rope - she can play tug-o-war all day. She loves swimming and will pop into a fish pond if allowed! Her best friend is a rescue Border Collie cross Fox Terrier and they will play and chase each other for hours, and then take up most of my bed!