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To all the volunteers who support Smart Pups Assistance Dogs and beyond, Happy National Volunteer Week! This is a very special week for us at Smart Pups to share our appreciation to our many volunteers. We have had the privilege of working with dozens of...

Sometimes we all need a break from the constant Covid 19 news. We need to take time to treat and reward ourselves, perhaps with some shopping distraction. The good news is that you can do this from the safety of your home. Your favourite charity...

As another Smart Pup year draws to a close it is a traditional time to reflect on our achievements as a charity. Our 2019-year planner was crammed with names and dates of trainers and dogs, timetabling in our many placements. Thirty-seven dogs in all,...

Back in July, our CEO Patricia McAlister, trainer Keira Bishop and myself attended Maryborough Correctional Centre for an extra special graduation day. Over the three years we have been partnered with the correctional centre I have attended many dog graduations. Our first back in 2016...

The Eumundi Brewery team came together with a team of passionate Sunshine Coast brewers for a special cause: making a ‘coffee lager’ collab brew to raise funds for Smart Pups Assistance Dogs. The combined efforts of Moffatt Beach Brewing, Sunshine Brewery, Sunshine Coast Brewery, Heads...

We are proud to be part of a scheme that will provide assistance dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With Smart Pups Assistance Dogs being one of only two certified assistance dog programs selected to work with the veteran community. Specially trained assistance...

This week at Smart Pups….. I attended the second Smart Pups graduation for 2019. Where is the year going? We are enormously lucky to receive ongoing support from the management and staff of Mooloobah Surf Club, enabling us to celebrate both the achievements of our...

This week at Smart Pups… Well I’ve been busting to tell you about our gorgeous new puppies here at our training facility, but with their welfare in mind we decided to keep their arrival a little low key until they all had the necessary vaccinations and...

This week at Smart Pups, as Christmas fast approaches I want to focus on travel. For most of us the Christmas Holiday break is associated with some sort of travel, be it meeting up with relatives, short breaks at the beach, going camping or even...

This week at Smart Pups.. I attended a low key gathering of prisoner dog handlers, correctional centre management, staff who supervise the handlers and staff who volunteer to foster Smart Pups in their homes. The occasion was held to mark the completion of prison training...

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