PAT dogs in South Lincolnshire

Helen Vaitkevicius (left) and Sally Sneath and Harriet and Harry with Southernwood House Care Home patients (from left) Phyllis Link, Joyce Crosby, Doris Holmes, Annie Goddard. Photo: SG061212-143TW

Helen Vaitkevicius (left) and Sally Sneath and Harriet and Harry with Southernwood House Care Home patients (from left) Phyllis Link, Joyce Crosby, Doris Holmes, Annie Goddard. Photo: SG061212-143TW

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‘Hello Harry,’ were Tony Garner’s first words in 13 months following a massive stroke – spoken to a friendly dog who put his paws on the bed rail.

Tony’s wife, Jean, admits she had a few tears as she hadn’t heard her husband speak in a very long time: Harry’s response was to jump on the bed, which in turn produced a good laugh from Tony.

Tony is a patient at Abbey Court Nursing Home at Bourne, one of the homes and hospitals that Helen Vaitkevicius and Sally Sneath visit as part of Pets As Therapy (PAT), accompanied by PAT Labradors Harry (who is strictly Labrador mixed with other traits) and Harriet.

 

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