Posted by: maureenc | October 2, 2007

Companion animals

Introducing Bella and Siela:
Bella the German shepherd is about four years old and a recent addition to our family.(about seven weeks ago)
Siela,the Rhodesian Ridgeback X was adopted by our daughter some three years ago;
both dogs have been adopted through refuges and are absolutely adorable.

As our daughter and her husband live within walking distance of the Nursing Home Facility where Ken now resides,they are regular visitors………..not only to Ken,but other residents.
I think the highlight of Ken’s day is when his furry/hairy grand-babies come avisiting

Luckily Eventide has a policy of allowing well behaved companion animals to visit, and on weekends in particular,there are “our two”,a pair of Dobermans;a border collie, a blue heeler,a Maltese terrier, and Lulu…..a Sheltie PomeranianX.

Add to these,Polly………..a silver tabby kitten who is resident,and an aviary of birds………

The interaction between residents and animals is joyous and loving:
Bella and Siela have befriended a young lass with brain damage and major physical disabilty as result of a road accident.
“M” can not speak,but to see her BIG smile when Bella “kisses” her foot and nudges her hand is heart warming.

Which then begs the question………..
WHY and HOW can humans be so cruel to animals,when the said animals can have such a positive effect on our lives?

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing such a touching story about Ken’s new home and the animal friends that live there and visit. That is so great to hear and you know it takes such a small amount of time from each and everyone who visits to bring their pets but SOOOO much more meaningful to the residents and so uplifting to their day!

    My Mom wanted my youngest sister to bring her cats to visit her but they would have been traumatized on the ride over so she petted others that came by.

    Hugs, Rose Anne

  2. Rose Anne……
    I’ve been toying with taking our Possum visitng Ken…….travel doesnt phase her too badly,but it’s a fair way from car park to Ken’s room and I dont think I could carry our 6kg furry keg on legs plus travel cage that far!
    So the resident kitty will have to do!

  3. What lovely dogs. And how wonderful that they can visit and bring such joy. I’ve read that having animals in nursing homes has a big health benefit, and it’s good that this home seems to recognize that.


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