Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Friendship Dogs- bringing smiles and melting hearts

I recently popped in to Acomb Court Care Home in Hexham where residents were being treated to one of their regular visits from two of WAG and Company's Friendship Dogs. Cassie and Tattie (and their owners Audrey and Judy) call in to Acomb Court every week with a view to offering comfort, laughter and to rekindle memories of times past for those who are no longer able to have a pet themselves. WAG aims to reduce loneliness in older dog lovers in the North East and to ensure that no older person misses friendship and the company of a dog.

WAG and Company North East Friendship Dogs was launched in May 2016 to enable volunteers and their dogs to visit older dog lovers in their own homes or in care and medical establishments across the North East. It is so moving to see the interaction between the residents and the dogs, and it is fantastic that Acomb Court hosts these wonderful visits which are having such a positive impact for older people in addressing feelings of loneliness and isolation. They have my full support.

WAG and Company is holding a fundraising sponsored walk at Kielder on 28th September 2019. If you would like to get involved you can find out more and register here-