Our Dogs

Our therapy dogs are rigorously assessed to determine they have the instincts and personality required of a good therapy visitor. These dogs must display temperament that shows confidence, good manners and sociability with other dogs, cats and people.

Meet our dogs

Photo of Bogey


Mike, Pickering

Bogey is a three year old St. Bernard purebred. Everyone thinks of him as the “Gentle Giant.” He’s thrilled to bring joy to the patients and staff at the Errinrung Nursing & Retirement home in Thornbury, Ontario.

Photo of Braunson


Colleen Stamp, Creemore, ON

Braunson is a 2 year old Leonberger. He is a true gentle giant and delights the residents of Leisureworld Creedan Valley with his weekly visits.

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Barbara Kelly, Napanee, ON

His registered name is Cnd. Ch. Quapaw’s I Believe N’Miracles. Brent was born in Missouri Aug.24,2000. He lives with his wife Gabby and their daughter Kayley.

Photo of Bronx


Sheila Muzzatti, Brampton

Bronx has been part of the family since he was five months old. He is a registered Shetland Sheepdog who was being raised to be the next stud and show dog by his kennel. Lucky for us, Bronx was not going to meet the size requirements for a male Sheltie so he was put up for adoption. As a pup he was a ball of black and white fluff.   He has always had a beautiful temperament, calm, gentle and patient with all children. His favourite activities include chasing squirrels, eating snow in the winter and being as close as possible to Sheila at all times.

 Bronx has been a therapy dog with TPOC since September 2011. Sheila retired from teaching and wanted to continue working with people, especially the little ones!   Bronx passed his assessment with flying colours and began volunteering at Southbrook Retirement home in Brampton. The folks always looked forward to his visits, and Bronx loved to offer affection, a wagging tail and in some cases a thorough hand washing. Soon after Bronx completed his next assessment for working with children. He then helped Sheila with the Paws to Read® program at Four Corners Branch of the Brampton Library on Saturday mornings. I think Sheila enjoyed it as much as Bronx! He also worked at Brisdale Public School offering a non judgemental listening ear and cuddles for students working to improve their reading.

Photo of Bucko


Earla Moore, Charolette Town, PEI

This is a picture of Earla and Bucko at their first “Paws To Read” session with a client. Bucko and Earla vist at the Confederation Centre Public Library.

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Joanne Rocky-Smith, Port Hope/Coburg, ON

Buddy and Joanne visit seniors in their community and participate in the Paws To Read Program.

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Anne Harris, Brampton, ON

Cato is a 3 year old Golden Doodle and visits a the Woodhall Park Retirement Village in Brampton.

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Judy Morten, Brampton

A 12 year old Samoyed, Chief loves people, especially children. He has been volunteering as a therapy dog with Therapeutic Paws of Canada for about 7 years. As a member of the Brampton team, Chief began his visiting at Woodhall Retirement home. Chief also visits the Brampton Civic Hospital in a variety of areas. After passing the Interaction with Children evaluation, he was finally able to visit his favorite, the children. The photo above was taken while Chief waited happily to greet another child. He loves to listen to the children from Brisdale Public School read to him. As soon as Chief sees his red vest, he is ready to go. People delight Chief.

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Cruizer is a 4 year old black Labrador Retriever mix.

As a 5 month old puppy Cruizer was left in a car during very humid weather and was scheduled to be euthanized due to poor prognosis.

Rachel MacQueen of the Thornbury team is a registered veterinary technician and decided to oversee Cruiser’s treatment. After a week of hospitalization Cruizer went on to make a full recovery.

He has been a joy to his family and his ‘fan club’, a mixture of 8 residents at Collingwood Nursing Home that sit faithfully at the entrance and await his arrival.

In addition to being a therapy dog Cruizer’s activities include obedience, agility, retrieving, and pulling a sled.

Photo of Easton


Carol Whittaker, Brampton

Easton is a four year old Morkie (Maltese/Yorkshire Terrier mix).  He is an inquisitive, loving little guy who enjoys his weekly visits with his friends at Southbrook Retirement Community.  He is looking forward to making new friends as he em-“barks” on a new adventure this Fall, doing the Paws to Read® program in a local school.

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Michele Peddle, Hampton, ON

Jasmine is a three year old Poopom and visits at Lakeridge Hospital in Bowmanville, ON. Jasmine has completed five levels of obedience training.

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Dr. Maureen Harper, Brampton

Josh is a four year old tiny toy poodle. He and his owner, Dr. Maureen Harper, enjoy visiting at the William Osler Health Centre and at Woodhall Park Retirement Village in Brampton every week.


Photo of Kally


Glenn Rylott,, Wasaga Beach, ON

Kally is a 4 1/2 year old Yellow Labrador Retriever who knows how
to work the entire room on her weekly visits at the Wasaga Seniors
Residence. In addition to being a therapy dog, Kally is obedience
trained and enjoys long walks especially if there is a chance to go

Photo of Katie


Michele, Sydney, NS

Katie participates in the Paws To Read program at the Cape Breton Regional Library (McConnell Library in Sydney).

Photo of Katie


Jennifer Harper, Brampton

Katie and her handler Jennifer Harper, members of the Brampton Team since 2014 visit a retirement home on a regular basis.  Katie’s a natural at pet therapy!

Photo of Kaylee


Jane Mason, Brampton

Kaylee is a loving golden doodle who will be 3 in the summer of 2013.  She delights the children in 2 special education classrooms in Brampton on her weekly visits

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Rita Madill, Creemore, ON

Kodi is an 8 year old, carmel coloured Shiz Poo.  He enjoys

helping his many friends at the Creemore Nottawasaga Junior Public School

and they look forward to his visits.

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Jenn Petersen, Barrie, ON

Kodi is a six year old Maltese poodle mix. Kodi visits at Woods Park residence.

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Juli Balinsky, Holland Landing, Ontario

Lacy is an 11 year old Great Pyrenees. She and her handler have been members of TPOC since April 2012 and currently visit at Bradford Valley, a longer term care facility in Bradford, Ontario.

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Maggie, Founding Therapy Dog

Judy Sauvé Founder of Therapeutic Paws of Canada, Hawkesbury, ON

Maggie was the founding therapy dog and beloved pet of Judy Sauvé.

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Wendy Mitchell, Collingwood, ON

Max is a 7 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who belongs to Wendy Mitchell. They have been visiting at Collingwood General & Marine Hospital for almost a year, and have recently decided to switch to a different population. They have been doing alternate weeks at Pine Villa Retirement Residence since October 2010 and will soon begin visiting the VON Day Way Program as well.

Photo of Max


Jane Brooks, Caledon, ON

Max is a four-and-a-half-year-old Newfoundland. His team visits at Peel Living, where he has lots of friends who think he’s wonderful.

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Nancy Trus, Ottawa, ON

Merlin is 5. He visits the disabled education classes at St. Matthew Catholic High School in Orleans. He also loves to wander the halls and meet the rest of the student body whenever possible. Merlin loves anything that involves being with people, but also loves his runs in the woods, helping me teach dog classes, and chasing balls!

Photo of Nicky


Ken Greason, Brampton

Nicky truly is a dog with “paws with love to share”!  He just can’t wait to greet people, approaching them with absolute joy, cuddling against their legs, and looking straight up into their faces, with those big brown eyes, as they lean over to pet him.  There are lots of smiles and laughter when Nicky is around.  Nicky is a three-year-old Ganaraskan, a developing breed for pet therapy started over 40 years ago with four recognized breeds, the English Cocker Spaniel, Bichon Frisé, Miniature Schnauzer, and Poodle.  He is absolutely the happiest dog we’ve ever had!  He completed monitored visits as a therapy dog on May 22, 2016, and since he loves children, we hope to have him child certified when he is ready, perhaps in the fall.  Parents of children on the street are already asking to have their children read to Nicky.

Photo of Nova


Meaghan Carmichael, Pembroke, ON

Nova is a Bernese Mountain Dog/Labrador Retriever mix. Meaghan and Nova have been certified with Therapeutic Paws of Canada since November 2017 and regularly visit the Long Term Care Facility in Deep River. Nova loves her visits and is always happy to perform her tricks for the residents! Aside from her therapy work, Nova enjoys playing with other dogs and going for long hikes with her family.

Photo of Payton


Jennifer Marquardt, Petawawa, ON

Payton is six years old. Payton is a gracious girl who knows how to work a roomful of people and will actually stick her head through a row of kids to make sure the ones at the back can reach her. Payton is also Best in Show winner, Champion, Obedience titled and agility titled as well.

Photo of Penny


Jennifer Harper, Brampton

Penny and her handler visited a retirement home in Brampton on a regular basis when Penny first became a therapy dog in 2016.   Currently she and Jennifer are visiting patients in the recreational therapy program at the Brampton Civic Hospital Hospital and they are working with ASD students in a senior public school.

Photo of Poochie


Renee Towns, Bedford, NS

Poochie is a five year old Shih Tzu who visits Drummond & Bradford Halls in Halifax, N.S. Poochie enjoys car rides, walks in the park and his weekly visits to seniors, especially the lap time he receives during his visits.

Photo of Riley


David Pittman, Ottawa West

Riley is a 9 year old Standard Wire-haired Dachshund and is a member of the Ottawa team. He is the loving companion of David and Carole Pittman.

Photo of Robin


Colleen Archer, Deep River, ON

Magisterial’s Sir Red Robert. Robin is a two year old Carin Terrier and visits at North Renfrew Long Term Care Centre, Four Seasons Lodge Robin’s other activities showcasing mini-agility demonstrations.

Photo of Roc


Mark Grant, Nova Scotia

Can. Ch. Lasquite’s Regal Rocket Man. Mark and Roc participate in the Paws To Read Program at the Spring Garden Road Branch library in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Photo of Rufus


Ed Whiteside, Brampton

Rufus is a 61/2 year old Wheaten Terrier.  He has been visiting a seniors residence for just over a year.  The last 3 months he has also been visiting 2 classrooms, one for special needs children and the other for children with learning disabilities, where he uses his Paws to Read program.  Rufus has also visited, for a break from stressful times, the Microsoft offices, and Guelph and McMaster universities.  And, only when asked, Rufus also likes to provide some light and very popular entertainment by ‘singing’ (howling)!

Photo of Sage and Buddy

Sage and Buddy

Joanne Rockey-Smith, Port Hope/Cobourg

A photo of Joanne’s Golden Retrievers Sage(11 year old) and Buddy(7 year old). Sage is Buddy’s mom.  Sage, Buddy and Joanne volunteer in Port Hope / Cobourg.

Photo of Sam


Lynn Fraser, Brampton, ON

Sam has decided to retire after many happy years of volunteering with Therapeutic Paws of Canada and before that with Ivy Allen’s ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Brampton Obedience Pet Therapy Group. This little beagle-dachshund mix has loved being a therapy dog at Peel Manor, and more recently, being a therapy dog at Southbrook, a Paws-to-Read® dog at South Fletcher’s Creek Library and a therapy dog for two classes at a school. The sight of his red vest would send Sam into paroxysms of joy. He would whimper with impatience in the back seat until he arrived at “his” place. Once out of the car, he would strut inside, tail wagging happily, looking for someone to pet him. He loved his job. He understood that he was there to be adored and to adore. So many people to love, just not enough time. But the look on his face – bliss. The residents and children might think he was giving therapy but little did they know how much he gained from them. He soaked up the attention, the love, the kindness of such wonderful people. Sam however, is now 17 years old, a little slower to move, and a little quicker to curl up at admirers’ feet and snooze. The time has come for him to hang up the vest and enjoy a warm spot on the couch. Or bed. Or in front of the fire. Thank you to everyone for all you have done for this little old man.

Photo of Sammy


Sue Hillerby, Collingwood, ON

Sammy is a 6.5 a five year old Standard Poodle, who lives in Collingwood and visits at Collingwood General & Marine Hospital. He also takes part in the Paws To Read program at Collingwood Public Library.

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Caroline John, Brampton, ON

Sophie, a Shorkie, currently visits a retirement home in Brampton.

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Lynn McPherson, Nova Scotia

Sparkles, a mix Terrier, visits at the Braemore Home and Glace Bay Library.

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Marcia Murray-Stoof, Barrie, ON

Tars Tarkas is six years old and has been visiting with TPOC since he was a year old. He has been a visiting member with TPOC since 2005. Tarkus participates in the Paws To Read Program at 2 local schools (Innisfil Central School and Holy Cross Catholic School) swapping schools between terms.

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Boysie Dindyal, Brampton, ON

Terra is a 5 year old Lab who loves to swim, play catch and chase the occasional squirrel. The team is currently visiting at the Woodhall Park Retirement Village.

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Linda Martin, Brampton, ON

Now that I am the Team Leader in Georgetown, my 12 year old dog TJ has assumed a new and very important role. He demonstrates to the new dogs and their handlers how to make the rounds at Extendicare then sits back to watch a new canine student copy his example. He willingly shares the attention that the residents lavish on the dogs and is a good mentor.

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Tucker is a very socially driven, loving Morkie who was three years old when he and his handler, Cheryl began volunteering with TPOC in 2015. Shortly thereafter, the team passed the Interaction With Children certification and began working in the area schools and are in charge of organizing the Paws to Read® program in the local libraries. Tucker enjoys volunteering regularly each week along with attending special group therapy events that pop up from time to time.

Photo of Tundra


Audrey Giles, Ottawa East

Tundra and Audrey Giles have been visiting their friends at Portobello Manor in Orleans, Ontario for over two years. Adopted as an adult stray from the cold streets of Edmonton, Tundra has enjoyed life with Audrey for seven years. She loves her younger canine sister Tilly, but draws the line at sharing toys.

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Hazel Anne Bates, Port Hope/Coburg, ON

Wilson and Hazel visit seniors in the Port Hope/Coburg community.

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Simone Norman, Ottawa

Introducing Ch. Puglust’s Loki of Joycress (a.k.a. Wookey). He is 8 years old.  He was born in B.C., moved to Newfoundland where he got his canadian show championship and sired a couple of litters, and then was given to us when he was two after retiring from his show career.    I’ve worked with him in obedience and agility but his forte is his amazing temperment. Wookey has been a member of T.P.O.C. since 2007.  He began his career visiting nursing homes and, after becoming child certified in 2008, started working with children shortly after. He currently visits Naismith Memorial Public School in Almonte, Ontario, where children read to him and kids and staff alike benefit from his calming presence. When Wookey is not out visiting he likes learning new tricks, going for walks, and playing with his furry siblings, Squid and Tikki.  While outside he takes great pleasure in marking every possible vertical surface (Tikki not excluded).  And he LOVES mealtime.

Photo of Zoe


Lynn McPherson, Nova Scotia

Zoe has been visiting for two years at Braemore Home.