Chewie the 200-pound mastiff to lead Paws for Cause Walk

A dog that helps Cloverdale children gain confidence with their reading skills joins this year's Paws for Cause SPCA walk.

Chewie the therapy dog is a 200-pound English Mastiff and excellent listener who helps children gain confidence with reading skills.

When an upside down, wrinkly-faced English mastiff named “Chewie” appeared on the front cover of the Cloverdale Reporter in June, 2010, we described him as having the face of a listener.

That’s because Chewie (“Chewbacca”) is a 200-pound therapy dog who’s also been trained to help young learners gain confidence reading.

At the time, he was working with students at Don Christian Elementary, where once a week, Chewie was listening as children read to him in a relaxing, safe, non-judgmental environment, improving their reading skills simply by listening.

He and his handler, B.J. Fleetham of South Cloverdale, are part of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program.

Last year they were working with students at another local school, Hazelgrove Elementary.

This Sunday, Chewie is up for a position of honour – he’ll be leading the Paws For A Cause walk-a-thon at Crescent Park in South Surrey, one of 35 walks taking place across the province for the BC SPCA.

Chewie will be joined as special guests by Fleetham’s other therapy dogs: Liam, a lanky Irish Wolfhound, and Special Agent Magee, a bloodhound who has just received his AKC Therapy Dog title; the team works with the BC SPCA as part of education programs, including the summer day camps for children.

Chewie, she says, has a laid-back personality and loves his job working with kids.

The BC SPCA hopes to raise $1 million for its programs and work with abused, injured, neglected and homeless animals who are cared for in SPCA shelters.

Participants raise pledges, and invite friends and family to join them – and their furry, four-legged companions.

Surrey’s walk is at Crescent Park, 2610 128 Street. Registration is at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, visit

Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook.

Just Posted

Cloverdale Rodeo finals hand out $330K to champion riders

Bareback rider Caleb Bennet tied the arena’s record with a 93.5-point ride Monday

‘It’s a game changer’: 15-year-old wins professional skateboarding contest on two skateboards

‘No one has ever seen it before’ said producer of Cloverdale contest

Winners to come to Semiahmoo Shopping Centre

Former Zellers to also include a gym and daycare

Peace Arch Hospital, Sources requesting volunteers

Program to help seniors get home safely after hospital stay

Delta looking to add over 30 dedicated pickleball courts by 2022

The program would see eight outdoor pickleball courts built in North Delta before the end of 2019

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Man arrested after police standoff and fire at Abbotsford home

Suspect allegedly breached conditions to not be near victim or her home

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopened after multi-vehicle crash east of Chilliwack

Westbound lanes near Herrling Island were closed for hours amid busy holiday weekend traffic

Police watchdog investigating motorcycle crash in Kamloops

A Kamloops Mountie had stopped the driver for speeding, but they raced off from the 0fficer

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Most Read

l -->