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How man's best friend can lift the spirits

The impact of Pets as Therapy visits and a little bit of TLC

One day last year I was accompanying a group of beauty therapists from on the elderly care wards at The Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

The girls, who all came from North Hertfordshire College, were giving hand and arm massages and manicures to patients and their relatives. I was chatting to a lady whilst she waited to have her massage. She remembered that we had met a few days before when I had come in with a man called Adem and his Pets as Therapy dog, Yogi,

The lady was quiet for a moment, and then she took my hand, looked at me and said, “Thank you, dear.”

I said it was a pleasure and she replied, “No - you don’t understand. The visit from the dog has been something that I’ve thought about every night since you visited. Before his visit when I tried to go to sleep, I felt very sad. Since his visit I concentrate on how lovely it was to see Yogi, and talk to you and Adem, and I go to sleep with a smile on my face and a warm heart.

“So when I said thank you - I really meant it”.

Liz Pryor

Liz Pryor

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