Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Malvern have been spending time with a visitor of the four-legged variety recently, thanks to Pets as Therapy.
Twiggy, a four-year-old Beagle, first visited residents at Hastings Residential Care Home in Barnard’s Green Road in November 2015 and was such a hit that she has been going every week since.
The home’s manager Sue Milward said: “Twiggy is so popular and our residents love her visits. Their eyes light up whenever they see her and the joy they get from spending time with her is so wonderful to see.”
Meanwhile resident Ivy Savage, who is 87 years old said: “I love dogs so it’s lovely to see Twiggy every week.”
Fellow resident, 89 year old Peggy Haycock added: “She has lovely soft ears and she likes to have a fuss, we always love to see her.”
Owner Tracy Locke, who described Twiggy as inquisitive and gentle explained how much everyone enjoys the visits.
She said: “Twiggy is a busy girl and likes to escape if she is off the lead so this is a challenge for her as it keeps her interested. She absolutely adores being with people. Her tail is continually wagging during her visits – although it depends on how many biscuits are on offer!”
Pets as Therapy has a network of inspiring and dedicated volunteers who share their wonderful pets with people across the community. They provide therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes and all types of schools, where they provide joy, comfort and companionship to thousands of people across the UK.
They also work with practitioners to assist with stroke rehabilitation and people with dog phobias.