Story Dogs would like to acknowledge the great work all these wonderful dogs have put in to help children laugh, smile, cuddle, play and pat their way through many, many great stories. It is with sadness and joy that we remember them. Sadness that they no longer will be joining the children in their reading sessions and joy for the lovely memories they have left us.
A Story Dog is a truly amazing dog; giving patience, permission to make mistakes, unconditional love, and their ever-present tail wags.
This page lists the more recent passing’s, although we also acknowledge all those Story Dogs who, over the last few years have passed away.
'Holly' and Gail have been with Story Dog for the past 7 years. Gail remembers her special dog:
"She so enjoyed being part of Story Dogs, as soon as that orange coat came out, her tail would wag uncontrollably, not that it every stopped.
I will forever remember one of my special needs children arrived at our school with little language or interactions. And in comes Holly, well that child sat down and wrote a story about Holly’s big white sharp teeth, her bushy tail, brown eyes and pink tongue. The teacher and myself were amazed at the written language and his immediate connection with Holly. From that day on Holly became a part of his program during her Story Dog time, and the written language became verbal, something we never expected."
Holly is a very special dog that will missed terribly.
Pia and Kate volunteered with Story Dogs for 6 years, being one of the first Story Dogs in NSW. Pia helped children at Terranora Public School and appeared in our training video and in two other promotional videos. After a rough start to her life Pia found a wonderful home with Kate, Peter and their wonderful children and grandchildren. Pia was a very gentle and loving Story Dog, she even has a book written about her Story Dog adventures!
Simba was put to sleep on Tuesday morning after a short illness. He remained alert, on his feet, happy and eating until the end. Home visits (and injections) from King St Vets were familiar to Simba, and to my knowledge he was completely unaware he was being put to sleep and happily munched on liver treats as the injections were administered. He is now buried with Kiarni in the garden. Not sure how he would feel about that!
He was the first Story Dog and over the years teamed with Leah, Toni and Ginger as well as me. He starred in many a video and for a time was the face of Story Dogs. As a Story Dog, he set the bar high and to this day kids around Murwillumbah still ask about Simba. He was a memorable dog. He was big, he was elegant, and he was a gentleman. He was 100% a human dog and will be very, very much missed by all of us at 51 Ewing Street.
Simba came to me via a work colleague and it was not until I looked through his pedigree that I realised his pedigree included my father’s Ridgeback Ulundi Umzimkulu. An amazing coincidence. I hope to get another Ridgeback from Simba’s bloodline so he will live on in our lives.
Story Dog, Delta Therapy Dog & beloved pet goes over the Rainbow Bridge.
Tim was a handsome boy with a beautiful soul who helped so many people feel better.
He helped children at Goonawarra Primary School, Sunbury. He will be missed.
Dash and Elsie helped children at Crabbes Creek Public School in Northern NSW . Dash and Elsie were with Story Dogs for over four years. Crabbes Creek is a small school and Dash was always welcomed by all. Her shy nature, dissolved when she came to school to be replaced with excitement and pleasure, being around the children. RIP Dash.
Magenta (Gen) helped children at Benowa State School on the Gold Coast. Pete, her Story Dogs partner says of 'Gen', "she really loved Story Dogs - the only time she ever moved quickly." Magenta touched many hearts at Benowa, Pete recalls, "We always had to stop at Chris's room for a hug, even though we weren't with her class. A few of the grade 3's Gen looked after last year still come up every week to give her a hug and have even given her drawings this year."
Magenta has been a Story Dog for 3 years. Thanks for all the wonderful years Magenta.
It is with sadness that I have to tell you that my husband and I had to farewell our beloved Story Dog Jake last Friday, October 21st. This was most unexpected as he was a very healthy, 11 1/2 yr old dog, until using ultrasound they found a couple of 'nasty gremlins', one on his spleen and one close to his kidneys, which is what took him down.
As you will remember Jake was the most social and wonderfully friendly dog, winning over and loving everyone. Also you know if food was involved he was even more happy.
He had been a Story Dog for 7 school years since May 2010 when we began our journey at Kingscliff Primary School together, he was certainly loved by the kids up there and they would run and greet him as we walked into school, always calling out to him even when we were in town. He took it all in his stride, loving nothing more than having a scrounge around the bushes for food and anything lying on the ground was fair game for him. Our first group of students back in 2010 would now be halfway through high school.
Our wonderful association with Jake's sponsor the Old Bastards began 4 years ago, if I remember right, time goes so fast, and he used to love coming in at least once a year to see everyone. On behalf of Jake and myself I would like to say a huge thank you for sponsoring a Story Dog and in particular Jake. We did work hard and I like to think that with your help, together, we made a difference to the lives of our students. I have to say the dynamics of students has changed in the last 7 years, I believe it has become more challenging as we are now getting students who have not only reading issues but personal issues as well. A dog makes the difference and Jake as always was excellent in putting students at ease.
RIP wonderful AOB boy Jake. Thank you, Ann.
Vale Story Dog Puzzle
AUST CH /NEUTER CH WINDYLE VICTORIA PUZZLE CD RAE 4
10.4.2005 to 21.3.2016
Wyndle Victoria Puzzle was an Australian Corgi Champion who won many awards for show ring, obedience and rally obedience. Puzzle and her ‘brother’, Benson, were two of Melbourne’s first Story Dogs. Initially they volunteered at Sandringham East Primary which involved a 50km round trip for Aileen and her Corgis. They then moved to Essex Heights Primary in Mt Waverly where they were much loved by students and staff. Puzzle was also a therapy dog and loved the cuddles and treats she received when visiting nursing homes. She passed away in Aileen’s arms and will be missed by all.
Nora was a Story Dog for almost seven years! She was our famous 'High Ten' dog on our training video. A dog so gentle and patient, with a wonderful happy waggy tail. She helped children at Terranora Public School in NSW where she was definitely a super star. She will be very much missed by all who knew her and especially her owners Rita and Roz.
Hilary's words about Rusty her wonderful dog: "Rusty was such a wonderful dog, she will be missed by many and by me the most. She was a natural Therapy dog, made the job so easy and enjoyable - just the way she could look at someone with her caring and knowing eyes, made anyone feel better." Rusty helped children at Mt Samson Primary School, north west Brisbane.
Nero was one of the most amazing Story Dog ambassadors. He could spell his name and always won the crowd at Lions Club meetings when he found his teddy when it was hidden. Nero helped children at Benowa State School on the Gold Coast, Qld. He will be missed terribly.
Honey was one of our first Story Dogs. She became the 'face' of Story Dogs with this wonderful photo capturing the essence of our program. Honey helped children at Centaur Public School.
Sadly Charli got bitten by a snake during the summer. Charli helped children at Cornish College in Victoria.
A gentle giant who helped children at Nerang State School.
Missy helped children at Port Sorell Primary School in Tasmania and unfortunately got bitten by a snake over the summer.
'Bella' the Labrador passed away on February 15th. Bella was in her element as she walked around the Bogangar Primary School in NSW, being petted by all the students and parents at the school's fundraiser last year. The dog assessor said on her report, "She will be a great Story Dog," and her owner Alicia mentioned how excited Bella was whenever they practised at home. Bella will be missed.