a guide dog

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) service The Woodmill is delighted to welcome a new member to their therapy team. Ruski the Labrador has joined the team from ‘Pets As Therapy’, a national charity which provides unique therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes.

Jennifer Dubois, Volunteer Support Officer said “Patients often feel isolated and even the most withdrawn seem to open up and let the barriers down when their regular ‘Pets As Therapy’ visiting dog is around. These dogs bring everyday life closer and with it all the happy associations for them of home comforts. The constant companionship of an undemanding animal, that gives unconditional love, is often one of the most missed aspects of their lives”. Pets As Therapy was formed to help make this loss more bearable and speed recovery.

Emma Clark Service Manager for The Woodmill said “Ruski’s visit was a great success; everyone is looking forward to seeing him again next week.”