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Spartacus needs your help

Eileen Slattery - Therapy Dogs NationwideSpartacus is one of our original Therapy Dogs and he needs your vote.


He down to the the final three in the Hardest Working Dog competition run by Autarky Foods.  Currently he is in the lead in the Healthcare Dog category and competition is tight.


With everything to play for please click here to find out more information and to vote for Sparti.


Voting closes at midnight on Monday 30th March 2020.

Important update for volunteers & establishments regarding COVID-19


Therapy Dogs Nationwide

16th March 2020


Important update for volunteers & establishments regarding COVID-19.

Dear All

Today we have decided to suspend ALL activities until further notice while we all keep safe. This includes but is not limited to, regular visiting, one offs and assessments.

I am sure many of you are disappointed, but it is the sensible thing to do. Many volunteers have already cancelled their own activities and establishments are requesting that we do not attend at this time.

The admin team will continue to work behind the scenes during this time and are here to support you.

Thank you.

The Trustees


For the most up to date information for volunteers, please provide us with an email address and join our private Facebook group – TDN-volunteers only

Please let us know if your circumstances have changed so we can update our records.

Donations Received – Jan 2020

We would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their generous donations

Susan Sumner

Roisin Timoney

James Rosegarten

Rachel Higson

Elinor Bowen

Stankirk Boarding Kennels & Cattery

Walgreens Boots

Dog Comes First


Charities Trust

Paypal Just Giving Fund

Nottingham Police

In memory of Doris Robinson

In memory William Ambrose

Peninsular Lodge Masonic Society

Calling all Cadets….

Are you a budding artist?  Would you like to design our next charity Thank You card?  Get your thinking caps on and your drawing boards out and your design could be on our Thank You cards for 2020.  Open to all TDN Cadets.

Nominations are open for the TDN 2020 awards

Do you know a volunteer that deserves a special award? 
Have they made a special visit?
Do they make a difference to your patients, pupils, colleagues, relatives or establishments?
Has a member of the team gone above and beyond to help you?
If so, please let us know.  They could receive a special award at Crufts.

Send your nominations in confidence to

or post to
TDN, 103 Home Farm Road, Woodchurch, Wirral, CH49 7LG.

Nominations close on 31/12/19


A night at the oscars….


 Last night was the awards night – a bit like the Oscars!!  We were thrilled to be voted by the public into second place out of twelve very worthy nominees.  It was a great night out celebrating all the amazing achievements by the staff and volunteers.

Although Twix didn’t win the gold star she was undoubtably the star attraction of the evening – more than 400 people were there and so many wanted to meet the “famous Twix” and numerous selfies of people with Twix will be winging their way across the social media platforms.  

The local press will cover the event and publicise the fantastic work that Twix and other therapy dogs do and give more coverage to the excellent local mental health services.


Thank you all for voting and publicising!!!!

Love Sal & Twix


Therapy Dog Twix needs your vote

Twix is a border collie who, along with their owner Sally, has been visiting a hospital in Wales for 9 years. In April they were given a Betsi Star Award as appreciation for all their hard work.


All the monthly winners go into a draw and the winner will be selected by public vote and the overall winner will be announced at at Venue Cymru on 1st November.


Twix needs your vote – please click here to show your support.

From Rescue Centre to Therapy Dog – Seamus’ Fairy-tale Ending

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Seamus – rags to riches

Three years ago, Seamus was at the Derby RSPCA waiting for a new owner, now he cheers up local nursing home residents as a Therapy Dog and has been included in a collection of professional photos of Working Dogs.

Seamus is a 13-year-old staffy who was adopted from the Abbey Street RSPCA centre in Derby by Emma and Ben Mills-Wallace in July 2016. Seamus quickly settled into his new home, his third, and started to blossom into a loving and funny dog. Despite being abused in his first home, Seamus loved meeting new people and adored the fuss. His tail would never stop wagging! Emma, who runs a dog-friendly holiday cottage, realised that he would make a wonderful therapy dog and in May 2018 he passed his assessment with flying colours.

Seamus and Emma have been weekly visitors to a care home in their home town of Ashbourne since October 2018. They spend time talking to and interacting with residents who always look forward to weekly visits. “One of the residents loves it when I tell her Seamus’ story. As we now live on a converted farm with a large garden, the resident always says that it’s like Seamus is in a fairy-tale and this is his happy ending!”, says Emma. “It’s so wonderful when we walk into a resident’s room and see their face light up! Our regulars have always had pets of their own so being able to stroke Seamus and give him a couple of treats really cheers them up”.

A couple of months ago, Therapy Dogs Nationwide (TDN), the charity that Seamus and Emma are registered with, was approached by professional photographer Deanne Ward who was looking for models for her series of Working Dogs. Emma put Seamus forward and he was selected to take part. The photos have now been published online and it is hoped they will end up as part of an exhibition or a book.

Ruth Boyes BEM, a Trustee and volunteer with TDN adds “TDN’s wonderful volunteers and their amazing dogs visit hundreds of people every day of the year giving non-judgmental and unconditional love to everyone they visit. Many volunteers also take part in our ‘Paws and Read’ scheme whereby their dogs ‘listen’ to reluctant readers thereby giving children confidence in their reading abilities and at the same time boosting their self-confidence”.
Emma hopes that these photographs will raise awareness of the fantastic work that TDN do across the country in nursing homes, schools, hospitals, prisons and many other places. She also hopes that by sharing Seamus’ story, people will consider adopting older dogs from rescue centres, especially staffies. Despite their bad reputation, they can be the most gentle and caring breed of dogs.


If you would like more information about this story please contact Emma Mills-Wallace or Ruth Boyes.

Deanne Ward Photography specialises in fine art dog and horse photography
Seamus has his own Facebook and Instagram accounts, both @Seamusthestaffie
Emma owns and runs Oldfields Farm dog-friendly holiday cottage near Ashbourne.

#therapydog #therapydogsrock #staffie #rescuestaffie #staffordshirebullterrier

Simple but effective…..



CCLA testimonial

In April we were approached by CCLA Investment Management Ltd to attend their mental health and wellbeing day for their staff.  Increasing TDN are being asked to support organisations during their wellness days as they promote good mental health and saying “it’s ok not to be ok.”  A group of local volunteers and their dogs went to CCLA’s London offices and this was the result.

#metalhealthawareness #itsoknottobeok #wellbeingintheworkplace #mentalhealth #staffperks


Why we do what we do, by One Eyed Jack



“A tough time for us at The Hospice yesterday. A little girl cried into my fur. Her Dad is the patient and her Mum has already died. She wrapped her arms around me told me all her troubles, my fur got all wet but I didn’t mind. I think Mum cried on the way home!”

Volunteering for TDN is very rewarding.  It is fun, exciting and you get to meet some incredible people and hear their stories.  Occasionally there are sad moments like Jack’s story but him being there was invaluable.  This is why we do what we do. #therapydogs #volunteeting #hospicecare #upthecollies