|SiDa & Harper|
It was Sida's first visit to St Joseph's home as a therapy dog but Harper is already an old pro at this. Both of them did very well as expected, bringing smiles to all at the home, patient and staff alike.
|SiDa working her charm on the residents and they relate well to her as they too, are wheelchair users.|
|SiDa makes an excellent therapy dog as she loves people and affection|
Therapy animals are a source of joy and comfort to the people who need them. Special-needs therapy animals like Harper and SiDa can give even more than that. Many of the elderly at St Joseph's home are wheelchair users. Seeing how our own wheelie-users, Harper and SiDa, still have that lust for life can help bring that same spark of life back into their eyes, more so than any other dog.
|Harper keeping an elderly resident company|
Special-needs dogs don't think they are special needs. They live and love the way all dogs do - like there is only one life to be lived to the fullest. This is the lesson that they teach and it is one that people like those in St Joseph's home can take to heart. It does not matter if you are old or in a wheelchair. Life is for the living so wheel yourself out there and smell the roses. And if you find yourself struggling at times, Harper and SiDa will be there, rolling right by your side, reminding you that you are not alone.
|Harper, proud and delighted to be bringing joy to the residents|
|The amazing dogs who volunteer once a month with their owners. (L to R : Lassy, Happy, SiDa, Harper, River & Ollie in front)|
Written by: Sam