Inviting a therapet to the group was something we have wanted to do for some time, so it was great to welcome Willow (Therapet) and his owner Barry along to the group. It was lovely seeing the way Willow interacted with Group members and the smiles she brought to their faces. If Willow did not think she was receiving enough attention from people she would simply put her head on their lap with a look of “Please pat me!” Members have regularly commented on how pets and the companionship they offer can feel like a life saver while going through hard times. Dogs can help get you out of the house and give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. When out walking your dog you can also make friends with other dog walkers. Doing these things can help your confidence and alleviate some feelings of isolation.
Willow is from the charity, Canine Concern Scotland. Willow visits a number of places including; Older Persons’ homes, Schools, Brownies, Hospitals, and Community Centres. Below is a section from the Canine Concern Scotland website describing the joy pets can bring to people.
“Sometimes small miracles occur – people who have never spoken, turned their faces to the wall in fact – magically come to life at the appearance of a dog in their ward! This to the surprise and delight of the nursing staff; in many cases the dogs and owners provide some light relief for them, too. Sadly, it has to be said that for some of the residents or patients the THERAPETS are their only visitors. We like to encourage them to regard the doggy visitor as their very own. There is no charge for this service which is organised and carried out entirely by volunteers. We fundraise in various ways to keep it active”.
We would like to leave you with the very apt tagline Canine Concern Scotland use, ” “WE care for Dogs… and DOGS care for us!!”
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