People often ask, do the Newfies enjoy their work? Listen, as Chewbacca shares in his own voice what therapy work means to him.
GCHB VN INTCH TimberKnolls Little Slice of Heaven CD, DD, WRD, BN, RN, RI, RA, CGC, CGCA, CGCU, TKA, THDD otherwise known as 'Maggie' is one of the most accomplished Newfoundland dogs in the country. She's earned the sought after Versatile Newfoundland award, having achieved titles in everything from Water Rescue to Rally but if you ask her mother, Connie where her huge heart lies, it's with the therapy work she does on a weekly basis.
Maggie has worked with the youngest child to the elderly living in memory care. She spends time with Veterans and people battling cancer in their final days of hospice. She thrives in spreading joy and doesn't even mind putting on the occasional costume for the holidays.
She may be 150 lbs and enjoy her cookies but her gentle, healing nature has warmed hearts of all ages.
Congratulations Maggie and her devoted mother and handler, Connie Sovie. You make the world a brighter place.
Many breeds of dogs have come from generations of serving others and the Newfoundland is no exception to that innate desire. They not only thrive in a loving home, but their natural ability to save a human life or work to serve others creates pleasure that is impossible to ignore. As therapy dogs, they work in hospitals visiting the sick or comforting veterans or simply allowing a young child to nestle in their fur as they learn to read. They gain physical strength supporting their long term health, by learning water rescue techniques or pulling a draft cart but most of all, they live happier, more fulfilling lives by giving to others... it's simply their nature.
Benjamin is a champion. A kitchen dog sous chef, he's often found stretched out beneath the feet of whoever happens to be cooking. He adores helping to bake cookies and eat them voraciously. He has a huge heart, almost as big as his massive head. He embraces your spirit through his eyes, loves to be talked to and to be hugged.
She is a Champion, earning her Rally Novice title and the Matriarch of the TimberKnoll pack. She is gentle in spirit yet stands strong, always teaching the younger pups how to be respectful. She'll quietly place her head under your hands letting you know it's time for a hug, and she loves to perform water rescue training exercises.
Mason holds the rare title of Versatile Newfoundland, she has gained titles in Water Rescue, Obedience, Conformation, Draft work and even team Draft Work. She's a champion across the board and has tremendous maternal instincts She loves to give hugs and air kisses.
Milan is strong and spirited. She's feisty and independent, it's not at all unusual for her to find a way to race through a gate and take off for a swim across the lake. She could easily pass her water rescue test but would rather chase ducks than prove herself. As naughty as she can be, she is equally as affectionate. This girl will steal your heart before you know what hit you.
Chewie is big, really, really big. He may be one of the tallest Newfoundland dogs in the country. He's a HUGE kisser and he'll wash your face before you see it coming. Chewie loves visiting patients in hospitals and working with people who are overcoming illness or trauma. His size is a reflection of his pure and beautiful heart.
Amelia may be a Grand Champion and one of the top Newfoundland dogs in the country, but she's not just a pretty girl. She travels the country to appear at dog shows but she also loves to meet with first responders and people who need a ray of Newfie sunshine in their lives. She's a total love bug!
Abraham moves so fast that sometimes you don't even see him coming. He's a total lapdog and doesn't understand why, at 140 lbs he doesn't fit on everyone's lap. When he races in the house he can fly, jumping from one sofa to the next very similar to his sister Amelia. He'll be shaking a toy at you, begging for a game of tug of war. Scratch him under the chin and you'll have a lifelong friend.
Grace is our little miracle dog. She's the youngest in the group and a survivor of a rare heart defect that required emergency surgery in her first months of life. She's is wise beyond her years, has a generous spirit and will share all of her toys without missing a beat. She'll be your best friend if you don't mind her sitting on the furniture, gazing at you steadily with pure adoration and joy.
Bentley is already a life saver. He’s been a blood donor for dogs in need of life saving transfusions and is trained in water rescue work. He's overcome neglect from his first human family but he’s only grown more loving for all the hardships he’s overcome. He just earned his Canine Good Citizen's Advanced title and we're so proud of him!
We could not have been more thrilled when the Diehl family of therapy Newfies joined our extended Newfie Therapy team. These magnificents Newfoundlands are playful, loving and are cherished instantly, by anyone who meets them. They've served in most of the major Charleston, SC area hospitals and even volunteer with the Red Cross. They come from a military family and so they are naturals when it comes to helping Veterans.
Jazz is a star. We learned of her long before she joined our Newfie Therapy team as we'd heard about her on every visit that Chewie made to his favorite hospital. It was 'Jazz' does this and 'Jazz' does that, everyone loves 'Jazz'. Once we met her we understood why, not only is she gorgeous, will wear costumes for every holiday and has the silkiest long hair but she is such a gentle soul you can't help but melt when she turns her huge deep brown eyes in your direction.
Sweet Jazz passed recently at far too young an age. Patients across SC are mourning her sudden passing, and our heart is broken for her loss.
Ella is beloved by all who meet her. She's a champion herself but you'd never know it by her calm and loving presence. All she seems to care about it curling up with anyone who needs some cheering up, but the moment she steps in the show ring her chest puffs out and she glides across the ring like the star she was meant to be.
Ronin is one of the strongest Water Rescue dogs we've ever met, he literally flies off a boat when he thinks a victim needs saving. All those water rescue skills don't take away from his healing ways, he's served over 500 hours at local area universities, hospitals and helping children heal at the Ronald McDonald House.
Declan is a therapy dog in training and has his big brother Ronin to learn from. His white blaze on his chest makes him unforgettable and his playful nature will leave any patient hoping for more and full of silly, joy.
Apollo is more than just a pretty boy. He may have earned his Grand Championship in the show ring without missing a beat but his heart is always open to a person in need. He's a cuddler and a softy, who will befriend anyone who needs a little love.
And last but not at all least, is Rook. A boy that will rob you of your sanity within minutes of meeting him. He's a big, beautiful Newfie who was a champion before he turned a year. He's so sweet that he'll jump on your lap, all 160 lbs of him but you'll barely know he's there.... he's focused on one thing, figuring out how to hug you and give you a kiss. He'll gaze in your eyes and snuggle in your arms, while his jowls wave back and forth. He's just one of our magnificent Newfoundland's whose primary mission is to spread love, joy and healing with everyone they meet.