"Coop" is a three year old black Labrador, trained from eight weeks of age to become the first dog allowed into Australian courts to assist and support many different people.
She began her early working career at Goulburn Valley Centre Against Sexual Assault in Shepparton, and Centre against Violence in Wangaratta. Children, women and men have been helped by her soft kind intuitive nature.
"Champ" is a 10 month old Labrador / Golden Retriever cross. His temperament is as incredible as his green / yellow eyes. “Champ” has been visiting the Office of Public Prosecutions with “Coop” to drop her off and then begin charming the Melbourne CBD. (Once he had “done the waiting room of the OPP)
Often sitting outside the County Court and Magistrates Court with Tessa during his training. People are drawn to “Champ” because of his dark golden colour, and his love of “shaking hands” with all and sundry! His calm demeanour is wonderful with children and adults alike.
He is also a celebrity within the Office of Public Prosecutions….as is his understudy
"Hope" is a six month old male Pure Labrador, the first pup chosen in the first litter bred by K9 Support. "Hope" adores people.
His eye contact is exceptional. His love to be by a human's side is unconditional. He has coped with the big city in his stride, and is a favourite outside the County Court. His biggest fans are in the Coffee Van!! (Thank you for your happiness to see us each week!).
His ability to know 'what to do' is amazing. A paw on your leg, a head in your lap. All at such a young age. He is the one to watch ..... following in the paw prints of "Coop"
"Connie" is a twenty four month old Golden Labrador, her first six months of training was with K9 Support, and then partnered with Neta Kirby to work with her in her counselling with Goulburn Valley CASA, and her private practice.
Connie has been making regular appearances outside Shepparton Court and is continuing to put people at ease. Connie is furthering her training to work in remote witness rooms. Connie has incredible intuition and has led Neta to people in emotional distress.
Connie was born for this work, it comes naturally to her.
"Amie" is the brother to Hope. Both born on the 18th of October 2017.
Born in a litter of four males, to their mum "Kimba" a beautiful girl, whom they have taken after in their kind, soft natures.
Amie is like glue to all he meets and prefers to be with his human at all times! He has an innate ability to know if someone needs a helping paw, and like Connie will navigate his trainer to them.
This is something some dogs have, an intuition we cannot train. Amie will continue his training, and like Hope will soon be looking for a special person who can take them on their next journey in their training to become a Court Dog.
"Chance" is the only pup born to Opal, in her first litter. Chance was born early, and was cold and not moving when he was discovered early in the morning of Thursday the 31st of May. Initially it was thought he was dead.
Fortunately with Tessa being a former Vet Nurse, her instincts kicked in and for the next two hours she fought to keep him alive. He then had issues trying to nurse from his mother, but after 24 hours of battling he turned the corner.