Meet our Therapy Dogs
Callie is an English Springer Spaniel, and she started training slightly later (when she was 1yrs old) and began work at Les Voies as the very first school therapy dog here in Guernsey.
Her confidence and calm nature helps her thrive as a school therapy dog. She loves the children and working (especially because she gets to spend all day with her owner).
Callie has had one litter of pups - Haze, Walt and Cyan are all well on the way to becoming wonderful therapy dogs too.
Freya is nearly 2 and is a locally bred Tri Border Collie. Freya has been shown in the Breed Shows in Guernsey, Jersey and the UK and last year Qualified for Crufts. Freya is training to do Competitive Obedience, and has competed in Guernsey and the UK and has passed her Kennel Club Bronze Good Citizen Award, working towards Silver and Gold. Freya has also passed the IDTC Basic Obedience Certificate.
Freya just loves to work and gets very excited. She loves being out with the rest of the dogs in the Patois/LesNuages pack.
Freya learnt to swim this year. When not working/playing she like nothing better than curling up with her cuddly at my feet.
Freya is currently training to be a Visiting dog.
Diesel is a four year old black Australian labradoodle and really is a bit of an old man at heart. He is very caring and can often be found at someone’s side especially if they need a cuddle. He is generally a very chilled out dude.
He likes listening to people read especially if they find it difficult to get motivated as he has plenty of patience and practice.
He also loves to go on adventures, learning new tricks at dog training and make new friends.
He is currently in training to become a visiting dog and is very much hoping to make some new friends in school soon.
Nacho is a tri-coloured long haired Chihuahua, she might be small but she has a big personality.
Nacho is in training to be a level 2 visiting therapy dog, she has passed her level 1 assessment and will hopeful take her level 2 very soon.
This little Chihuahua loves visiting the nursing homes and will happily sit on all the residents laps and have lots of fuss and cuddles (and the occasional biscuit crumb or two!) The homes all ask after her so we wouldn't like to visit without her, there would be some very sad people - staff as well as residents.
Lucy is a 5 and a half year old tri coloured, Cavalier King Charles. She is a very happy, loving and loyal companion who has been a great support to her owner and family over the years.
She enjoys nothing more than being with you wherever you go even to the bathroom. Lucy has been going to training classes since she was a puppy and very much enjoys learning.
Her favourite place to be is curled up on a lap asleep. She is currently training to be a visiting dog and loves getting attention and fuss almost as much as she loves treats (Almost!).
Rocco is an 8 month old Long haired tri chihuahua, he is working as a therapy dog and part of Safer (a domestic abuse charity). His training is going well at the current time and he brightens up the refuge on a daily basis to both staff and residents.
Rocco knows his job and loves comforting children/ young people who are often talking about distressing domestic violence incidents.
In sessions with the Children/ Young people ages 5-17 he helps keep them calm and relaxed. Stroking Rocco helps them deal with the trauma and releases endorphins. He is also allowed into police interview rooms.
Rocco is often found burying his treats in the garden or in his bed at the refuge as well as at home. Rocco loves meeting people and other dogs in his downtime, he thoroughly enjoys walks, mental stimulation and loves his cuddles of an evening with his family.
Haze is a 1 year old English Springer Spaniel, she is following in her mum (Callie’s) foot steps and is working at les Voies school as a school therapy dog.
Her training has gone well and she knows her job, she loves comforting the students and will seek out the students who need her. In class she helps keep the students focused, calm and quiet - helping create the best kind of learning environment which encourages learning.
Haze is often found sunbathing in the sunlit corridor areas but enjoys curling up under the students desks for well earned rests. In her down time she loves playing ball and going for runs on the headlands.
Cyan is an 1 year old English Springer Spaniel. I’ve know Cyan since she was a few hours old and we have had a strong bond ever since.
Her training is both challenging but very rewarding and she loves attending weekly classes at Island Dog Training Club and with PFS, where she is mastering skills and tricks to achieve her full potential. She is maturing into a loving companion who can always be found by my side wherever I go.
In her down time Cyan loves going for a run, meeting new dogs and carrying objects around the house, especially her teddy or the odd tea towel, and at the end of the day curling up for a cuddle.
She is currently training to be a visiting dog and is Callie’s daughter, and Haze’s and Walt’s Sister.
Taco is in the very early stages of the therapy dog training to be a visiting dog. She is a chocolate and tan long haired Chihuahua, Taco has a very big personality and enjoys strutting her stuff in the breed show ring when she isn't bullying the other dogs she lives with.
Her favourite past time is to find the back of one of the sleeping
spaniels or the German Shepherd she lives with and lie on top of them or pinching the biggest bed so the big dogs have to try and curl up in the smaller ones.
Taco likes the attention she gets on the visits and will happily sit on laps to get lots of strokes.
Beau is nearly 8 months old and is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel .
He is learning to be an assistant dog (the very first for PFS) to help his owner in everyday situations, but most importantly he is a family pet and best friend.
He is great with children and other dogs but still gets a bit excited especially if there is a pigeon in sight , he has a favorite teddy who goes most places with him, even at bedtime.
Beau has learnt a few tricks so far while training and is ready to learn more to get his treats.
Evie is a very loveable cockapoo who was rehomed when she was just under a year old.
She has bags of energy and adores her owners other rescue dog, a lurcher called Annie. They are both super fast and enjoy chasing around fields, beaches and lying in the sunshine and playing together.
Evie is excellent with all the family including their son, who is enjoying helping with her training.
Guilbert is an 8 year old French bull dog with a calm and patient nature.
He might look a bit strange or grumpy but he is an extremely gentle dog and is much loved by the pupils of St. Martin’s School where he works as a regular visitor! He has a huge fan base and children are always very keen to read him a story!
Sometimes pupils come to him for comfort when they are stressed and Guilbert has been known to make even the most frightened child feel safe and relaxed. Guilbert has helped to foster a growth mind set and the children can see that hard work , resilience and bravery really pay off.
Guilbert has learnt many new things alongside his human students... including how to give his paw and to swim .
Cookie is one year old Sprocker and an individual therapy dog for her handler Harry.
Cookie was specially selected for Harry, at just 6 weeks old, due to her wonderfully brave and kind personality. Harry has missed a lot of school recently, due to complex medical issues including autism, but Cookie will be by his side when he begins college in September.
The world is a better place for the whole family, with Cookie easing anxieties and always providing cuddles. In her spare time she enjoys long cliff walks and bouncing in long grass. Cookie is also a keen sock collector
Rizzo is a 12 week old Sprocker who is training to be a visiting dog.
She is the daughter of Ryka and granddaughter of Echo who all live together in the pack. She loves cuddles and has been well socialised already. Her attention work is coming on and she knows how to sit and down.
Rizzo loves playing around with the rest of the dogs at home and cuddling up with her owners at the end of the day.
Ryka is a 4 year old Sprocker. She is a very loving dog, who loves to roll on her back and get tummy tickles. She started as a School Therapy dog but found her calling as a Visiting Therapy Dog.
She adores going into nursing homes where she can perform her tricks and get lots of fuss.
Ryka is very food focused and will try very hard to work out what you want to earn one. Her favourite trick is to walk backwards but spinning and jumping into her owners arms comes a close second.
Two of Ryka's daughters Rizzo and Cookie are both on their way to becoming great therapy dogs like her.
Dexter is a 2 year old English Mastiff who currently weighs 98kg, which is approx 15.5 stone and are the heaviest of all dog breeds. Mastiffs normally have a short smooth coat, but Dexter has a wonderful fluffy coat so he is known as 'Fluffies'
Dexter loves to visit the beach. When he’s not playing chase he loves to paddle in the sea, no matter how cold it is. He enjoys lots of cuddles and attention and particularly likes a good belly rub. Dexter is a gentle giant and because of his size and his fluffy coat a lot of people say he looks more like a big teddy bear rather than a dog. He is currently in training to become a visiting dog and is looking forward to being able to visit schools and nursing homes.
Kobe is a 1 year old Goldendoodle. His owner brought him and two of his siblings over from Devon when he was 10 weeks old. Always learning new tricks and obedience with Island Dog Training Club and Paws For Support, and training with interactive play games with his family.
You will find him at his owners photography studio chilling out while she works at her computer or posing in front of the camera!
Kobe is a very active dog and loves to play ball, swim, run and play with his squeaky toys.
He is currently training to be a visiting dog.
Tilly is a 7 year old Norfolk Terrier Cross.
Her owner got her through a local re-homing charity when she was a puppy and live with another dog called Ebony.
Tilly picks up new tricks very quickly and does obedience training at the Island Dog Training Club in the junior class with her handler Katie. They have successfully passed their bronze and silver Good Citizen Awards too.
Tilly likes nothing better than to sprawl out in front of the fire or to follow the sun around the garden but does enjoy a good cliff walk and going to the beach to chase her ball with Ebony.
She is currently training to be a visiting therapy dog.
Ebony is a 3 year old Sprocker who's mum Ryka is also a therapy dog. Her owner wasn't planning on getting another dog but after seeing a photo she fell in love and the rest is history! She lives with another dog called Tilly.
Ebony does obedience training at the Island Dog Training Club and is extremely keen to learn anything new and does everything at 100 miles an hour! She enjoys her training so much she loves to be given jobs to do even if that includes picking up articles for her owner and helping with the recycling. In her down time Ebony loves the beach and tries to get the ball before Tilly does.
She is currently training to be a visiting therapy dog.
Coco is a 9 month old Sprocker. Her mum Ryka is already a visiting therapy dog and her sister Rizzo and brother Otis are in training too.
She attends weekly classes at Island Dog Training Club, where she learns new tricks with her owners and is always waiting for the next command. She is sometimes seen as the crazy Sprocker who does everything at super speed, but she loves settling down with her owners little boy in the evenings.
In her down time she loves stealing socks, having tummy rubs and cuddling with her favourite teddy.
She is currently training to be a visiting therapy dog
Vlad is a 6 month old German Shepherd Dog who joined his owner when he was 3 months old. She has been thinking of getting another dog and the opportunity came along just at the right time.
Vlad is an easy going puppy who loves his food which makes training that much easier. He has not long passed his Puppy Training at Island Dog Training Club and is going well so far.
Vlad enjoys playing with his sister Ava and generally following her around when he’s not lying on his back or stealing shoes.
Vlad is training to be a visiting dog.
Betty is a 10 month old working cocker spaniel. She finds everything and everyone hugely exciting and interesting and enjoys loves being out and about meeting people with her owner.
Betty is extremely affectionate and likes doing almost anything she can do with her family, especially running on the beach at low tide, or finding things and bringing them back. Betty has been attending obedience and agility classes at the Island Dog Training Club since September, and is currently training with Paws for Support to be a visiting dog.
Teddy is a 2 year old Cockapoo. Teddy turned out a lot bigger than his owner Mandy expected but she wouldn't change him! He loves meeting people and often happy to sit and be stroked by anyone that stops and say hello. Teddy even won Most Handsome dog in a fun dog show.
He loves to go for long walks with all his doggy mates and adores a muddy puddle, the muddier the better or even swim or dip in the sea if no mud available!
Teddy is training to be a visiting therapy dog
Toffee is a 7 year old Golden Retriever who came to Guernsey when she was 8 weeks old. She attends training classes with her owner Jane at Island Dog Training Club and PFS and are both proud to have achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold Kennel Club Good Citizen awards.
Her calm and confident nature with people means she always has people coming over for a pat where ever she is. Toffee has a very good repertoire of tricks and continues to add to these including skateboarding. She loves water whether swimming in the sea, a pond or any puddle will do finishing off with a good roll in the sand!
Toffee is training to be a visiting therapy dog.
Tango is 4 month old Golden Retriever puppy. She has already started training at the Island Dog Training Club and is building her confidence to start training with PFS. She has already shown big sister Toffee that tuggy games are best played with a lot of noise but is still small enough to curl up in her owner Jane's lap when she has had a busy day.
She is lively and seemingly quick to learn - her favourite pastime is anything that involves food; she will try very hard to work out how to earn treats, to the point of ignoring the bedtime toilet routine just to get the biscuit in bed!
Tango is training to be a visiting therapy dog.
Ralph is a 5 year old Cavapoo who came to Guernsey when he was 10 weeks old. Ralph loves snoozing with various teddies to keep him company. When he isn’t snoozing he loves spending time with his owner on the beach, playing around and exploring the rock pools.
When Ralph was a puppy he trained with the Island Dog Training Club and picked up a few tricks and will be enhancing his training with PFS. He still likes to perform a trick or two...as long as there is food involved!
Ralph is training to be a visiting therapy dog.
Mr Darcy is an 11 month old Golden Labradoodle. His owner Judy meet him at just 10 days old and visited him around 4 times before she was able to bring him home.
As a family who only had cats, the arrival of Mr Darcy was a big difference, with him growing into one large dog crossed between a polar bear and an Angus bull! He can be excitable but in fact he is a gentle giant, most of the time.
He loves his freedom on the beach and in a local field, but he also enjoys his training with PFS. He loves being groomed which happens daily to avoid matting and is happy with a bath and the hair drier as long as he gets a treat afterwards.
Mr Darcy is training to be a visiting therapy dog.
Roxy is a 5 and a half year old Cockapoo who was rehomed when she was six months old by her owner. She is a very loving dog who enjoys walking with her friends Teddy and Millie. Roxy loves playing with her ball and having a good walk on the beach especially getting nice and wet and sandy.
Roxy has a constant companion her owners 3 year old granddaughter who loves spending time with her too.
Roxy is training to be a visiting therapy dog and attending nursing home visits.
Ruby is a 11 month old Fox Red Labrador bred and owned by her owner.
Her mum Luna is also joining PFS so they are keeping it in the family. Ruby is a good natured and loving girl who loves to play and meet new people. She is very bright dog who is continuing her training and always looking to try new tricks. She is biddable if a little wicked which adds to her charm!
Ruby is training to be a visiting therapy dog.
Luna is a sweet natured three-year-old Fox Red Labrador.
Last year she became a mum to seven pups, one of which, Ruby, lives with her and is also training with PFS. Luna loves nothing more than a good swim and to play ball on the beach with Ruby before snuggling up with her owner for a cuddle. She is newly qualified with PFS and is looking forward to making new friends working with the charity.
Luna is training to be a visiting therapy dog.
Maggie is a 6 year old English Springer Spaniel who lives in Sark with her owner.
She is a latecomer to therapy work but is wonderfully kind, calm, super soft, loving and friendly and has taken to it with a real flourish and flair. Maggie loves the attention and fuss that comes with listening to children read at Sark School where she is already adored!
Her favourite things in life are squeaky balls and tennis balls (especially when they are being thrown for her - again and again and again!!), long lazy walks and sofa cuddles not forgetting the odd muddy puddle and pheasant-chasing!!
Maggie is training to be a visiting therapy dog.
Jasper is an extremely happy 7 year old labrador, who still thinks he’s a puppy at heart. After attending training classes with his owner, it was apparent Jasper loves meeting people and learning things especially when he gets treats.
Jasper’s favourite things are playing with the other family dog Walt, swimming in the sea, and eating plenty of treats. You can never be sad when Jasper is around as he has such an infectious happy spirit that it will rub off on you.
Jasper is training to be a visiting Therapy Dog.
Kelly is a 4 year old Working English Springer Spaniel, who has a tight bond with her owner and her family members.
Kelly is a happy, friendly dog who enjoys meeting lots of new people and getting plenty of attention.
In her down time Kelly enjoys going for walks with Fleur and Missy who she lives with and swimming on the beach. If she isn't playing football and pinching the odd sock she will be found cuddling up her best mate Eleanor.
Kelly is training to be a visiting therapy dog.
Benson is a scruffy but posh French Bassett Fauve de Bretagne, adopted by his owner when he was 18 months old. Benson has always loved being with people and so training as a visiting therapy dog is perfect for him. He’s also often adopted by friends who can’t manage a dog permanently but love to “borrow” Benson when his owners are away. This makes him very adaptable too, and sometimes reluctant to return home because he’s had such a good time.
Benson has begun joining his owner at Elizabeth College where Rick teaches and helping the students remain calm and relaxed.
Benson is training to be a Visiting Therapy Dog
Loki is a 1 year old Flatcoated Retriever who was born in Norway and moved to Guernsey with his owner, who met him and his litter mates when he was just 3 weeks old.
Loki is a big friendly boy who loves to be involved in everything, he loves to be the centre of attention and loves to dispense Loki love in great quantity.
Loki is an intelligent dog who loves to learn new tricks and has enjoyed all his structured training sessions so far. He does small training sessions every day with Vicky to keep his brain active and encourage him to focus on things. Loki is training to be a Visiting Therapy Dog.
Riley is a 3-month old Springer Spaniel and is Haze’s daughter, Callie’s grand-daughter and litter sister to Stanley. Riley lives with her owner Lorraine in Sark along with fellow PFS dog Maggie.
Riley is a total live wire brimming over with intelligence and brave curiosity! Everything in life is fascinating and it’s great meeting new people and getting fussed over. She loves her short daily training sessions and thinks it’s great fun learning new tricks and annoying her adopted sister Maggie with her incessant requests to play, play, play and her love of sleeping draped all over her!! She hates daytime naps but does love a good snuggle on the sofa at the end of a busy day.
Riley is training to be a Visiting Therapy Dog for Sark School.
Purdey is a Flat Coated Retriever and like many of her breed she loves people and is particularly patient and gentle with children. She lives with 2 other Flat Coats and her owner Sarah who is a PFS Trainer.
She has had one litter of twelve puppies, eleven of whom live in Guernsey, the twelfth having moved to Scotland with his family. Purdey loves takes part in Breed Show Competitions, however, she likes nothing better than a swim in the sea, a wallow in a muddy puddle or just generally having fun! Purdey is training to be a Visiting Therapy Dog
Kito is a 4 year old Pomeranian who lives with her owner in Sark.
Kito used to join his owner at her Hair Salon and he liked nothing more than the frequent visits of the older clients, as he always had lots of cuddles, and the occasional treat. After suffering with depression herself the addition of Kito into her life has made such a massive difference, helping her through some tough periods,
This has lead his owner to take the step of joining the PFS training scheme, and with our help, be able to train him to visit the elderly in Sark.
He loves to play, enjoys his walks around the island, and is keen to learn and please.
Kito is training to be a Visiting Therapy Dog.
Georgie is a 9 year old ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Georgie didn’t come to her owner until she was 2 years old and has adapted brilliantly to living in a family environment along with a cat and another Cavalier called Lola.
Georgie has discovered beach life and cannot walk along it without a quick dip in the sea in any weather! Georgie travels everywhere with her family including winter in the snowy alps, to sailing in the summer but despite all this activity her favourite position is being lazily horizontal most of the time, cuddling with anyone willing to give her a long tummy tickle!! Georgie is sweet natured and very laid back but eager to learn and just shows you can teach this old dog new tricks!
Georgie is training to be a Visiting Therapy Dog.
Sid is a two year old French Bulldog X Pug.
After spending his formative years in Guernsey, Sid now lives on Sark, and enjoys walks around there car-free roads and meeting friendly locals, tourists and fellow waggy tails alike. Sid is extremely friendly and loves playing with anyone who is game. Sid spends most of the day with his Mum, but he loves popping in to see his Dad, who is the Head Teacher at Sark School. He is guaranteed a warm and happy welcome from all the school children.
Sid is training to be a Visiting Therapy Dog.
Beau is a 3 year old English Springer Spaniel, who has been with his owner since he was 10 weeks old. Beau is a joy to train and is very eager to please.
He’s a wonderful family member that enjoys being in busy household with 2 children and their other family dog - 5 year old English Springer Spaniel Jens.
Due to his owners progressive neurological condition, Beau is really enjoying his new role as his assistance dog and does him very proud, especially when on lead and helping to pick up items on the floor.
Beau loves going out for walks and he lives up to his working pedigree, and will not stand still for more than a second or two but equally enjoys a snooze on the sofa in the evenings.
Beau is training to be an Assistance Dog.
Stanley is a six month old Springer Spaniel and is Haze’s son. His name comes from St Anne and was chosen in a naming competition at St Anne’s School, where he will be based. He flew to Alderney, when he was 10 weeks old, to join his owners Kim and Kev. He enjoys ‘helping’ and running around in the garden, likes going to the beach and is getting used to travelling in the bicycle trailer. Stanley is keen to learn; he loves his short training sessions and showing off his tricks, especially if treats are involved. He is very sociable and likes meeting people and other dogs. Stanley loves visiting the local Care Home, where he is a huge hit with staff and residents.
Stanley is training to be a School and Community Therapy Dog.
Echo is a 9 yr old springer spaniel who has a lovely calm presence and is brilliant at dealing with a variety of situations. She loves doing 1-1 visits with her owner Sara and has helped many children, young people and adults over come their fear of dogs. She loves to please and will work for anyone with treats. Echo often works with junior handlers to build their confidence and dog training skills. She was a wonderful mother to many Sprockers including Ryka and a wonderful gran to Rizzo. She loves working in the field and competing in obedience shows and is driven by her nose. Now coming into her later years she only does the odd visit. Her favourite position is flipped on her back for belly rubs and she has passed this traits down to her children and grand children - and soon the be great gran children.! Echo is training to be a visiting therapy dog.
Ted is an Australian Labradoodle and at the moment he is only a baby. However, at six months he has already shown he is not only very loveable but also keen to learn to be a Visiting dog like his older brother Diesel.
Ted is very friendly and he loves to be involved in family life with his owner Heidi, whether it’s an action packed adventure or snoozing all day long. He likes to be the centre of attention and can be a bit of a show off but he is also quite happy to sit back and watch the world go by. He can often be spotted with his ears inside out or his tongue sticking out, which all adds to his comical personality. He certainly likes to make his family laugh!
Ted enjoys learning new tricks, which he picks up fairly quickly and loves even more to show them off especially for a tasty treat. He really is a teddy bear and is often found snuggling someone, which is always on the top of his job list.