Hello, my name is Frank, and I am the new Pets as Therapy Dog (in training) at St Neots Hospital. My mum is called Jacki, who is the CPA and Ward Round Administrator at the hospital. She knew that I would make a good PAT dog, and wanted me to meet with the people there. I have been for two days so far, where I have been getting used to the new environment. And I have to say EVERYONE loves me! Apparently my ever wagging tail is adorable.
On my first day I was introduced to everyone on the 2nd Floor, and I very much enjoyed the fuss that I had made of me. Everyone was telling my mum how beautiful I was, and I was so proud, and I think she was too. She did tell everyone though that I looked like Dobby from Harry Potter sometimes when my ears hang forward, and I was not impressed with that!
I am quite sad that I didn’t get to be part of the Elysium calendar for 2020, but I will make sure that I have a starring role next year. Louise, Hospital Director, took a very lovely photo of me and posted this on social media, and I can see that I am going to be a very big hit with everyone in the future. My mum was really excited to see me becoming famous!
On my second visit I was much more relaxed and have started exploring the rooms, seeing where I can get little treats from. So far it is has been a success so my mum might need to watch my weight! I will be getting extra exercise though when I am playing with the people here, so hopefully a diet won’t be necessary! I met one of the young men who stays at St Neots and he loved me, and was really happy to be able to give me some attention, which I loved.
Next week I am spending more time on the wards with some of the patients here and hopefully will make a difference to them on that day, as that is what it is all about. I have been told that I will be helping a gentleman with an acquired brain injury by encouraging him to use both hands, something he is not able to do at present. Apparently I can also help the patients who have a diagnosis of dementia as they can be supported to reminisce about their own pets and also provide a feeling of wellbeing to the people all over the service. As well as this I will be encouraging mobilisation for those with Huntington’s disease. Wow! I never knew I would be so important!
I am so excited about Christmas as the opportunity for treats increases!
Speak soon, Frank