Taz is a popular visitor

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Residents at the Lakeside and Lakeview care homes, a 214-bed complex known collectively as The Lakes in Staffordshire are benefiting from regular visits by “Taz”, a West Highland Terrier, as part of a “Pets As Therapy” programme. The Lakes, owned by Redditch based company Alpha Health Care, has registered with Pets As Therapy (PAT) charity, to provide weekly visits from three year old Taz and owner Freda Arblaster. “When I was ill, Taz was such a loyal companion I wanted to share him with others, so I became a volunteer with PAT,” said Ms Arblaster. “He loves all the extra fuss and attention and I enjoy building a good rapport with the residents.” Alpha activity co-ordinator at the Lakes in Great Wyrley, Christine Carr, said many residents were former dog owners and they really looked forward to seeing Taz and Freda. Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983. It provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other

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