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Former ‘Wild child’, pup Jester tries his graduation hat for size, in preparation for his big day. In September Jester will finish his training and leave his kennel mates and foster family to become the 200th Assistance dog to be placed by Smart Pups. An accidental...

This week August 2nd to the 8th is International Assistance Dog Week. A week created to recognise all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping to transform the lives of their human partners. The human partners of Smart Pups are predominately children, whose lives are often...

ANZAC Day was commemorated in 2020, like no other time. There were no large crowds lining the streets to see our veterans march, no catch ups with mates, no games of two-up in a crowded bar. Instead we remembered their service and sacrifice by...

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...

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