‘Rehounding’ success for carer appeal

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HAPPY CHAPPIES: Sam with Rosie
HAPPY CHAPPIES: Sam with Rosie

Meet Sam Candy and her dog, Rosie, the first new recruit who responded to our appeal for doggie volunteers to visit Dorset care homes.
The plea was on behalf of Caring Canines, the self-funded service, co-founded by friends, Sue Dennett and Julie Lankshear, that arranges the furry-friends visits.
The response was immediate and a new team of visitors – both dry and wet-nosed and including Sam and 10-year-old sprocker, Rosie from Ferndown – are now ready.
Sue says: “Rosie was the first dog via the piece in the Stour and Avon magazine, so she’s very special to us.
“The response was amazing.
“Other new members are
visiting across Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch,” says Sue, “and Julie and I thank you for your help and support.
“We had 20 enquiries, from which 12 people and dogs joined us – they’ve started to visit and share the happiness offered by the dogs.
“The first, Sam and Rosie, are now visiting a Ferndown home where Rosie’s gentle manner is appreciated by staff and residents alike.”
Sam says: “I knew Rosie would enjoy the fuss. “She’s very friendly and affectionate, so why not share that joy?”
And the best part of being a Canine Carer?
“For Rosie no doubt all the treats and endless stroking from the residents,” Sam says.

by Lorraine Gibson

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