Dog-loving volunteers and staff from older people’s charity Abbeyfield were joined by their four-legged friends during the UK’s first-ever Bring Your Dog to Work Day.
Tessa the Border Terrier and Labradors Finn and Benson joined their owners as they went about their work at The Abbeyfield Society’s Northumberland homes.
Abbeyfield’s North East manager Zoey Stanton, proud owner of Finn, said: “The idea of Bring Your Dog to Work Day fits perfectly with Abbeyfield’s mission to enhance the quality of life for older people and make their lives easier and more fulfilling.
“Keeping a pet is a simple pleasure that is often denied to older people when they move into sheltered housing. Here at Abbeyfield, we firmly believe in the very real value and therapeutic benefits pets give to people.”
Residents enjoy visits from Pets as Therapy dogs who come into Abbeyfield houses so people can give them a cuddle and talk to them, while hen keeping is also proving a hit at Armstrong House at Bamburgh.
Abbeyfield resident Patricia Hurst said: “It’s lovely to have dogs coming in to see us. I’m delighted because I used to have a Labrador called Butch. Dogs are such good companions and you miss them being around. I’ve liked having the dogs in so much – it is great fun!”
Volunteer Jim Thompson, chair of Abbeyfield North Northumberland Extra Care Society, Abbeyfield’s Alnwick-based care home, and owner of Tessa, said: “Bringing our dogs to work has proved a real hit among the residents. Many of our them have been dog owners and we’ve had a great time sharing happy memories about our pets.”
Pictured, from left, Armstrong House manager Paula Lingwood with her dog Benson, Zoey Stanton, Patricia Hurst and volunteer Allanna Stanton with Finn.