Therapy Dogs Raise a Smile at Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Thanks to a recommendation from one of our parents at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, we were able to make contact with Bev and Steve who kindly brought their two therapy dogs to visit us.
The dogs are Akitas called Kendo and Sumi and they do a wonderful job of visiting the hospital wards to bring a smile to the faces of the patients. Bev and Steve told the children how visiting the patients helps them to recover from their illness and to cheer them up. There’s increasing evidence that therapy dogs can improve the health and wellbeing of patients and Bev and Steve regularly volunteer to take their dogs to make hospital visits.
The children were able to stroke the dogs and feed them treats. Bev and Steve explained that the dogs are trained to be gentle and not paw or jump at people. No wonder these beautiful dogs help to put a smile on peoples’ faces! They certainly did that with the children and staff and were a source of fascination for us all.
Thank-you to Bev and Steve for bringing the dogs to nursery and to Kendo and Sumi for raising lots of smiles!