Take a Paws Teams

 

Kayla & Kugel 

Kayla and Kugel have been best buds since 2013. Kugel is a 6 year-old golden retriever cross and Kayla is an alumna of the University of Guelph's Arts and Sciences program. In their free time, Kayla and Kugel enjoy swimming, fishing, camping, and bird-watching/chasing. Kugel is particularly fond of head massages and day naps. They are so excited to be a part of the Take a Paws program at the University of Guelph and hope to see you!

Kayla and Kugel

Carly and Hudson

Hudson is a cuddly, goofy, 1.5 year old Spangold retriever (golden retriever/English springer spaniel cross). While still relatively new to the therapy dog world, Hudson has fallen head over heels for his job. When working you will always find him asking for belly rubs and a good story. Off the clock, you will often find him swimming in continuous circles or chasing fish in the river. In his downtime, Hudson enjoys cuddling with his family and his favourite toy, Teddy, who he has had since he was first brought home at 9 weeks old. His handler, Carly, is a recent graduate from the zoology program at the University of Guelph. 

Carly and Hudson

Susan & Lupo

Lupo is a 7 year-old Malamute who doesn't know how to bark, but rather speaks by howling.  With such an amazing demeanor, his need to be very sociable and his love for students, he is great for the Take A Paws program.  Lupo is very chill and laid back, he enjoys spending his days roaming on our 10-acre property and needs to be talked into coming into the house with a promise of a treat (his favourite are denta sticks!).  He is not a watch dog by any means and will gladly invite anyone into our house…even if it meant to rob the house. Lupo loves being told he is handsome, so make sure to tell him when you see him! I run a rescue and Lupo has been a big foster brother to over 85 puppies.

 

Susan and Lupo

Bob & Finnegan

Finnegan is my fourth Therapy dog and I have been doing this for nearly twenty years. Finn is a Norfolk terrier, an obscure terrier breed that few folks are familiar with.  If you happened to catch the stage version of The Wizard of Oz, this breed was chosen to play Toto. Finnegan is a happy little dog that likes people, other dogs, and especially children.  He is child assessed and goes into Rickson Ridge Public School each week where the grade ones (those having difficulty) read to him.  He is seven years-old.  We also visit seniors at St. Joseph’s Health Centre every Tuesday.  He’s quite popular with a long wagging tail and a cute face.

 

Bob and Finnegan

Christina & Knäcke

My name is Christina Perreault.  My two year-old Coton de Tulear and I have been involved with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program since April 2019. His breed is named for the city of Tulear in Madagascar and is thought to have originated from a group of small white dogs who swam across the Malagasy channel following a shipwreck. My Coton’s name is Knäcke. (Phonetically: knɛ.kə).  He’s named after Swedish crisp bread - Knäckebröd.  Knäcke also has a volunteer position at Wellington Terrace in Fergus where he enjoys weekly visits.  He participates in agility and rally obedience in his spare time, and is always up for a sprint in mud.

 

Christina and Knacke

Denyse & Hudson

Denyse Gray, a retired teacher and her husband, Bruce, both graduated from Guelph University in 1972. After retiring from her teaching career, Denyse spent two months volunteering in Kenya to help train teachers in English. For the past 12 years, she has cared for each of her friend Roberta's extremely well-trained English bulldogs. Affectionately called “Nana.” she dog sits 4 days and nights weekly so that Roberta can fulfill her out-of-town work contracts. The third bulldog, Hudson, is an exceptionally loving and affectionate dog. Roberta's second bulldog Pearl, trained Hudson never to go downstairs to the basement. Consequently, Hudson refuses to retrieve any food or ball that lands down those stairs. Other stairs? No hesitation!