Meet Our Canines

Developed by introducing a “Crisis Therapy Dog” for members to connect with. Meet some of the furry friends we get to call team members!

The DRCISST Crisis Canine Team

Meet Clara, Daisy, Lilly and Brock

Meet Our Canine: Clara

Clara is a cute Brussels Griffon that is more laid back and mellow. She was also an excellent St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog but she was also happy to be part of the DRCISST team. Clara is still with the team and at only 12 pounds, often would visit Comms in her stroller. About 4 years ago Clara suffered a spinal stroke (Fibrocartilaginous embolism – or FCE) resulting in temporary paralysis of her back legs and ultimately a less than fully healed hind leg. She walks a little sideways but her tail still wags like crazy! She just turned 12 years old and although she is a senior, she’s more than capable of bringing comfort and smiles to Durham’s first responders. She loves to visit and get attention.

Meet Our Canine: Daisy

Golden Retriever, Aviemore’s “Oops A Daisy” (Daisy) was born March 22nd, 2019 and quickly settled into her fur-ever home with Sue and Rick Chalmers. As part of her socialising training, Daisy was introduced to both the fire hall and the municipal operations facility at an early age. The intent had been to bring a comfort level with new places, smells, sounds, and a variety of people. Daisy however had her own agenda and quickly won hearts going from office to office to see her new “frens”. Bee-lining to the Fire Chief’s office (treats began mysteriously appearing in a desk drawer), and staff sprawled on the floor to play. Her visits were definitely a win-win situation for everyone.

Daisy joined DRCISST in January 2020 – she has yet to meet the whole team – however Covid19 hasn’t slowed this “pup with a purpose”, who now has several debriefs under her collar. Spreading her golden fibres of love (she attends each debrief with lint brush) is exhausting and during her down time Daisy enjoys naps, playing with her toys, spending time with her family and long walks on the beach.

Meet Our Canine: Lilly

Lilly started working with DRCISST in 2019. She is best known for her calm and caring demeanour, and her infamous “wiggle butt” when visiting her favourite people.

Lilly LOVES apples and often drools at the sound of one being eaten. Her favourite past times are exploring through the forest at home, and sharing her bed with her best pal Roxy.

When not in harness, Lilly has a mischievous side where she likes to steal logs from the wood pile and scatter them throughout the back yard for her handler to find.

Meet Our Canine: Brock (Retired)

Brock started volunteering with the DRCISST in 2015, having been certified in 2014 through the St John Ambulance program. He loves people, and will "dance" and hoot at them when excited. He loves to "hug" (lean), and angle for treats. 

Brock loves coffee, but only with cream and sugar, not black. He loves the snow, and would sleep outside in his kennel all winter long if I let him and wasn't worried someone would call the SPCA.

In his spare time Brock loves running alongside the trail and pretending to be a wolf, and chasing deer when he can find them.

Meet Our Canine: Kona

“Kona has been apart of the DRCISST since 2020, although newer to the team, her skills shine bright! Kona is an Australian Shepherd/ Lab mix. She is very loyal to her “people” and loves meeting new people as well. 

When not at work, Kona loves her toys, bones, and walking trails to explore new areas. She is the first one to slide right into a mud pit or a snow pile, which means she gets to have lots of baths too (not so much her favourite). 

She is always up for an adventure and will be sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face with her calm and loving demeanor.”

Meet Our Canine: Jack

Jack is a Goldendoodle born June 28, 2020 and is the newest member of the DRCISST . He is a gentle soul, expressing affection to everyone he meets. He has an incredibly sweet disposition. He is a patient and tolerant pup. Jack is the town gossip and loves to know what everyone is doing all the time. He’s not happy unless he is touching one of his humans, he’s still working on personal space! Jack has been a regular at the Whitby police station since he was brought home by his owner, Annie Ormonde at 8 weeks. He loves to chew shoes and socks, playing fetch and car rides! 

Meet Our Canine: Bentley

Bentley is a smooth Brussels Griffon but is about 18lbs – a big boy but by no means portly.  He joined our family (my husband and our Rottweiler) at 12 weeks old.  He came from a wonderful breeder in Lansing Michigan and since the day he came home, was the sweetest and most comical dog.  I knew he needed to be shared (showed off?) so when he was about three years old, I decided it was time to follow in his sister’s pawprints and become a St John Ambulance Therapy dog.  Every week for five years he visited the stroke and rehabilitation floor in the Oshawa hospital and as a perk also visited many of my friends and family members there on various floors.  The opportunity came to become a Crisis Response dog for the DRCISST and we are proud to say that he excelled at visiting with and providing comic relief, snuggles and shedding a lot of fur to our first responders in Durham for 6 years.  Sadly we lost Bentley to a brain tumor just before the age of 14.