Warwickshire care home residents receive puppy love - The Leamington Observer

Warwickshire care home residents receive puppy love

Ian Hughes 31st Dec, 2019   0

IT WAS puppy love for care home residents when they were reunited with some four-legged friends.

Ambleside Care Home was receiving weekly visits from guide dog puppies and their walkers to help socialise the dogs.

But after the pups started official training and stopped coming, residents said they missed seeing them.

A visit was arranged to see them in action at the Guide Dogs training centre in Leamington.

Residents received a tour of the building and saw their beloved puppies training to become guide dogs.

Care home manager Julia Joy said: “The residents really enjoyed their visit and watching the puppies train. It was wonderful to see the smiles on everyone’s faces.

“Being in the company of animals has proven therapeutic benefits, particularly for those living with dementia, as it can reduce anxiety, release calming endorphins, and decrease feelings of loneliness.

“You could see from the residents’ reactions just how engaged they were when given the opportunity to be in the company of the puppies once again.”

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