We began in 2011 when Cath Phillips discovered just how hard it was to find someone who would accredit her dog Buddy. Having bipolar II, Cath realised that she was more stable and relaxed when her three Ridgebacks were with her. But three big dogs were too much to take to the supermarket. Cath decided that Buddy was the best dog for what she needed and downloaded a Public Access Test from the net. She then spent a considerable amount of time trying to find a trainer who would test Buddy for her. Finally, she found Mali Rolph from See Spot Run and Buddy passed his test with flying colours. With her psychiatrist’s help, she created an ID card, made up a vest for him and acquired a NSW Travel Pass. Having worked with grass roots organisations before, Cath got some friends together, wrote and registered a constitution with the Department of Fair Trading, and mindDog was
In February of 2012, the first two dogs were certified. mindDog operates under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 which guarantees public access for all dogs trained as assistance dogs.
A little history of the mindDog logo: A healthy human state of mind (swirly brain shape) held in the core of the dogs heart to symbolise the loving bond between dog and owner. The strong dog head to indicate a confident friendly dog beside his friend for support and aid. The dominant orange colour is to symbolise happiness. The support green hues represent growth.