Melbourne Bayside Co-ordinator
Suzanne and Karen look after the Bayside suburbs of Sandringham, Sandringham East, Black Rock, Parkdale, Chelsea Heights, Carrum.
Assistant Coordinator: Karen Elias
Suzanne and 'Barney'
'Barney' is helping students at Sandringham East Primary School
Sponsor: Key Produce
Dog breed: Standard poodle
How we met: Barney was a foster dog, who was given to us as an out of control two year old. He is living proof of what training and a lot of love can do!
Great loves: Balls, squeaky toys, fluffy white dogs.
Favourite foods: Apples, pears and roast chicken.
Jill and 'Bud'
'Bud' helps students at Sandringham East Primary School
Sponsor: Rotary Club of Brighton
Dog breed: Labrador
How we met: Bud was a rescue dog. He came to us when he was 2 years old.
Great loves: People, food and other dogs.
Favourite foods: All food!
Catherine and 'Rupin'
'Rupin' helps students at Sandringham East Primary School
Sponsor: A very generous, anonymous sponsor.
Dog breed: Cocker Spaniel X Field Spaniel
How we met: My ex-mothe- in-law insisted I meet this girl a couple of houses up because she had a gorgeous little chocolate Cocker Spaniel pup. Within a week I had the little brother of the girl pup!
Great loves: Empty mineral water bottles
Favourite foods: Marrow bones
Not like: When I leave him home by himself.
Helen and 'Kiera'
'Kiera' helps children at Sandringham Primary School
About: Helen is a retired social worker. She now works in pet therapy.
Dog breed: Golden Labrador
How we met: 'Kiera' is my daughter's dog, who I care for regularly.
Great loves: Going to the beach or park.
Favourite foods: All foods, carrots especially!
Not like: Onion
Lynette and 'Frankie'
'Frankie' helps children at Sandringham East Primary School
Dog breed: Toy Poodle
How we met: We got 'Frankie' from a breeder.
Great loves: People, kids, playing
Favourite foods: Not fussy
Not like: Large dogs
Quirks: Barks at ads on TV!
Anne and 'Monty'
'Monty' helps children at Sandringham East Primary School
About: Anne is retired but busy with nanny duties, family history, travel and gardening.
Sponsor: Lions Club of Beaumaris
Dog breed: West Highland Terrier
How we met: Monty is our second Westie, a rescue who was surrendered when he was five.
Great loves: Belly rubs, walks and treats.
Favourite foods: Chicken and salmon.
Not like: Possums!
Quirks: Monty reacts to the doorbell on commercials. We don't have one, so we assume there was one in his previous life.
Susie and 'Minnie'
'Minnie' helps children at Sandringham Primary School
Dog breed: Golden Labrador
How we met: 'Minnie' was a rescue dog from rescuealabrador.com - I have had her for 18 months.
Great loves: Swimming, running, eating, lying by the fire, and especially the beach.
Favourite foods: Anything and everything if she was allowed to!
Not like: Loves everyone and everything!
Quirks: She sits like a human.
Susan and 'Sam'
Susan and 'Sam' help children at Chelsea Heights Primary School
Sponsor: Toorak Primary School
Dog breed: Golden Retriever
Great loves: Going to the beach, playing with his ball
Favourite foods: Any snack he is given
Not like: Being ignored
Quirks: Loves to try and catch fish at the beach
Libby and 'Rupert'
Libby and 'Rupert' help children at Sandringham East Primary School
About: Primary and secondary school teaching. Love reading, gardening and family time.
Dog breed: Terrier Cross
How we met: Libby adopted 'Rupert' from the Lost Dogs' Home when he was about 3 years old. As soon as I saw his picture online I knew he was right for us.
Great loves: Being chased around the family room while he runs away with his tennis ball.
Favourite foods: Roast chicken
Not like: Being outside when we are inside.
Quirks: Can shake hands with both paws.
Andrea and 'Taz'
Andrea and 'Taz' help children at Black Rock Primary School
About: Music teacher
Dog breed: Labradoodle
How we met: From a puppy.
Great loves: Walks, the beach
Favourite foods: Chicken
Not like: Loud voices
Genevieve and 'Charlie'
Genevieve and 'Charlie' help children at Black Rock Primary School
Sponsor: Dyenamic Sublimation
Dog breed: Spoodle
How we met: Adopted as a puppy.
Great loves: Toys, balls, other dogs.
Favourite foods: Mince
Quirks: Protective of Genevieve if he feels she is threatened.
Cheryl and 'Bonnie' and 'Charlotte'
Cheryl and 'Bonnie' and 'Charlotte' help children at Chelsea Heights Primary School
About: Retired primary school teacher. Like walking my dogs.
Sponsor: Chelsea District Lions Club
Dog breed: Whippets
How we met: Owned since 6 weeks old from a breeder in Emerald.
Great loves: Soft, squeaky toys
Favourite foods: Kangaroo
Not like: Supermarket treats
Quirks: Bonnie is Mummy's girl and follows me around; Charlotte is cute and cuddly.
Emilia and 'Chloe'
Emilia and 'Chloe' help children at St John Vianney's Primary School, Parkdale.
About: Emilia is a student - doing a Masters in Primary Education. She is an IT business analyst.
Dog breed: German Shepherd
How we met: Bought her at 8 1/2 weeks old to be part of the family.
Great loves: Treats, cuddles, water.
Favourite foods: Anything.
Not like: Lawn mower when I am mowing barks.
Lynn and 'Abby'
Lynn and 'Abby' help children at various Bayside schools
About: Lynn is a housewife, volunteer with the Salvation Army and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Dog breed: Labrador
How we met: Lynn has had 4 dogs. 'Abby' is a rescue dog.
Great loves: People, children, dogs and toys.
Favourite foods: Supercoat and carrots and apples.
Quirks: She can rollover - for tummy tickle.
Ronnie and 'Betty'
Ronnie and 'Betty' help children at St Brigid’s PS, Mordialloc
About: Ronnie is retired. She was a nursing educator in oncology.
Dog breed: Groodle
How we met: Never been without a dog.
Great loves: People, swimming, agility
Favourite foods: Ice-cream!
Not like: Ducks. She would prefer duck a l'orange!
Quirks: She sits with her front legs crossed - always.
Daliya and 'Gemma'
Daliya and 'Gemma' will help children in the Seaford area.
About: Studing Psychology, reading, walking and my dogs
Dog breed: Greyhound
How we met: Adopted through the greyhound adoption program
Great loves: Squeaky Furry Toys
Not like: Thunder Storms