Pet Care

Super Star Pet Picture - March April Sixtyplusurfers

Dulux, Peter Hadland's dog, is our Super Star Pet for March/April

Dulux, Peter Hadland's dog, is our Super Star Pet for March/April

Our cute pet picture has been sent in by Sixtyplusurfers reader, Peter Hadland

Get Your Pet Picture in the next Star Spot in our May 2019 issue.

This is a picture of Dulux, who is Peter Hadland’s rescue dog. We think Dulux is adorable and looks very happy relaxing in the garden. 

Thank you to Peter for sending in a picture of Dulux. We can see that Dulux is a very happy dog, and has a wonderful new home!

We’d love to see pictures of other readers’ pets and why you nominate them for the Super Star Pet Picture of the Month!

Would you like us to feature your pet in our May 2019 issue?

Then send us your very best pet pictures and we will select one to be the Super Star Pet Picture, for everyone else to look at and love. 

This competition is just for fun, and gives you a chance to put your pet in the spotlight.

We’ll feature a different picture each month!

If you’d like us to feature your pet, then mail your picture in JPG format to:

sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

Make sure you put ‘Super Star Pet Picture’ in the subject field

* Please note – There are no prizes for this competition! It’s just for fun!

Dora's Diary

A Monthly Dog Blog

Hi folks. Hope all’s well with you and that 2019 is zinging along nicely.

It’s Easter time so I suppose I ought to chat about something themed to that such as bunnies or chicks. I do have a story about Bossman and a rather fine cockerel called Roderick which might do.

He stood on Bossman’s consulting table with a rather arrogant air. And admittedly, he had every right to assume such an air. He was a massive jungle-fowl sort of bird. Large showy red comb and wattles. Massive cream ear lobes. A mountainous cascade of tail feathers that sailed over his rear in a vibrant question mark of plumes. And which matched the polished sheen of gold, green and black feathers that adorned the sleek contours of his body. A truly handsome bird. Quite the dandy. Very much a cock of the walk. 

“He’s being very disruptive with all our rescue hens,” Trudy, his owner, said. “Making their lives a misery. Constantly harassing them. You know, always after a bit of the other. Doing what cockerels like to do best.”

“Besides crowing of course,” she added. She gave Bossman a questioning look.

Yes … Yes … Bossman had got the picture.

“So I was wondering …” Trudy went on, pausing to release Roderick who flapped back onto the table.

Bossman had an inkling of what was coming. And was proved right. Seemed that despite Trudy’s fondness for Roderick, his hen hassling was a step too far. He needed to be rehomed. Could Bossman help? In a moment of weakness he said yes and found himself driving home with yet another addition to our menagerie.

Plus an extra three rescue hens – Trudy having persuaded him to take them on as pals for Roderick. Quite the little hen party.

Once home, I watched all four birds parade round the back garden with clucks of delight. I must admit I was tempted to chase them about a bit. But dutifully refrained. Good of me wasn’t it?

On the way home Bossman had stopped off at B&Q and purchased a cheap self-assembly garden shed. And after supper, he got to work, putting it together at the bottom of the garden. I’ve never seen him so busy.

He stood back to look at his workmanship once finished. “Must bash a couple of hen-sized holes in it tomorrow,” he murmured to himself. And put two hinged trap doors on them. Nice and cosy.

By the weekend there was also a chicken-wire enclosure running round each side of the shed: while inside two perches and a nest box had appeared. The perfect bijou residence for our new acquisitions. Roderick and his cohorts – named by now as Hermione, Drucilla and Cecile.

The three hens settled in well. Not so, Roderick. He seemed to resent the confines of his quarters. So Bossman decided to let them all out. It was good to see them scratch about the flower beds and hop onto the vegetable patch especially when Bossman was digging it over. Then three pairs of beady eyes would be on constant watch to snatch a tasty worm or two. However, Roderick’s mind was on higher things. The height of the garden fence for one. Was it not too high for him to fly over?

It wasn’t. He decided that by taking a running jump at the fence coupled with strong beats of his wings he could sail over the top of it. And he did. Frequently. To then scuttle off down the lane, at the end of which he discovered a house with a two-acre garden given over to free-range chickens. Here, besides eggs, the hens were laid – succumbing to his furious couplings before he hot-footed it back home for tea, maybe grab another ravish of Drucilla and co before bedding down for the night.

The excursions only got cut when Bossman resorted to clipping back his wings. In doing so, he mutilated his resplendent plumage.

A foul move on his part to stop fowl play on Roderick’s.

But it worked. And Hot Rod, as he was now called, became a settled member of the menagerie. Hermione, Drucilla and Cecile blossomed, their plumage regrown. Gone were the scrawny necks, the bedraggled tails, bald chests. Now quite alluring. Quite attractive.

Certainly, Hot Rod didn’t need any egging on.

And in time, we had the delight of some fluffy yellow chicks hatching.

Have a cracking Easter, folks.

Love and licks

Dora

P.S. My Bossman is Malcolm Welshman.

His memoir, An Armful of Animals, is available from www.amazon.co.uk  £7.99 Kindle price £2.99 

Malcolm Welshman has his own website at www.malcolmwelshman.co.uk   

Advice on Pet Epilepsy

Caring for Pets
with Epilepsy

What to do if your pet has a seizure

Many of the illnesses pets can suffer from are the same as those we might develop too. Epilepsy is one example and, although there is no cure, it can be controlled and managed.

PDSA vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan says, “It can be very distressing to see your beloved pet have a seizure. They occur when large groups of nerve cells in the brain suddenly fire at the same time.

“In younger pets, seizures are often due to “idiopathic”, or primary, epilepsy. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but it is often manageable with medication. Other causes can include tumours, trauma or inflammation in the brain.

Idiopathic epilepsy is hereditary, but is more common in certain dog breeds such as Border Terriers, Poodles, German Shepherds, Collies, Golden Retrievers and Labradors. Pets usually have their first seizure between six months and six years of age.

Sometimes, a pet will behave in an unusual way before the seizure. Signs include restlessness, whining, shaking or hiding. This is known as an ‘aura’. In a full seizure, the pet usually will fall on their side, and lose awareness of their surroundings. They may kick or paddle their limbs, and lose control of their bladder and bowels.

Olivia’s top tips if a pet has a seizure

Switch off the TV, radio and any bright lights to create a calmer environment

Move hazards such as furniture to prevent them hurting themselves

Do not try to move or touch your pet until they are recovered

But do move them onto the floor if they are at risk of falling

Time how long the fit lasts for, or film it on your phone to show your vet

Be careful, as fitting pets can hurt themselves or you because they are not aware of what they are doing

If a fit lasts longer than two minutes, or your pet has more than one seizure in 24 hours, contact your vet immediately

“Once the seizure is over, pets often feel disorientated and may be unsteady on their feet. Stay close to them at this time as your presence will be a comfort while they regain consciousness. 

Pets that have never had a seizure before should see a vet for a health check.

“Make a note of when the seizure occurred, the signs your pet showed whilst it was happening and how long it lasted to give to your vet. They will assess your pet and, if they suspect epilepsy, can run tests to rule out the possible causes.

“If idiopathic epilepsy is diagnosed, your vet can discuss treatment based on how often and how severe your pet’s seizures are. Although there is no cure for idiopathic epilepsy, it’s often possible to reduce the number of seizures a pet is having so they can enjoy a good quality of life. Affected pets should not be bred from.

“With the right treatment and ongoing check-ups, plus understanding and care from their owners, pets with epilepsy can enjoy long and happy lives.”

PDSA is the UK’s leading vet charity. We’re on a mission to improve pet wellbeing through prevention, education and treatment. Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery helps us reach even more pet owners with vital advice and information. 

For more information about PDSA click on www.pdsa.org.uk

Rustic Pet Beds

A Pet Collection for Interior Enthusiasts

Cox and Cox are the first interior brand to introduce a pet collection designed with your home in mind.

Offering a hand selected range of products to complement any interior style, the collection features rustic pet beds made with natural materials such as wool and rattan.

Travelling throughout Europe to explore and develop the pieces that will bring their visions to life, Head Buyer Dani Taylor describes the collection as an extension of the current interior collection

“We have combined style with both practicality and comfort, and applied the same rules to our pet range as we would to any other area of our business,” says Dani.

 “As the business grows, we felt it was the perfect time to expand in an area that is close to our hearts. We love our pets and know our customers do too. Our customers have great interior style, and we feel that this shouldn’t be limited to their furnishings.”

The capsule 13-piece collection includes rattan pet houses, luxurious wool beds, and matching collars & leads. The rattan pet houses are available in small and large and have been crafted from rustic round rattan in a sweet house shape with a cosy cushion.

Cox and Cox also offers a snug Round Cocoon Chair for Cats. Each charming bed has a rustic feel with a matching round cushion for added comfort.

Cox and Cox also offer a range of dog leads. This gorgeous Blush Herringbone Dog Lead is made from pure wool, and is strong and durable. A matching collar is available.

For more information about Cox and Cox visit www.coxandcox.co.uk 

Owning a Pet

Feeling Blue? A Pet’s Affection Can Help!

Feeling down in the dumps? As the winter continues, it’s dark outside and the weather’s cold and grey – it’s no wonder the nation is feeling glum. But amidst the darkness, there is light. Pets can benefit our mental and physical health, as many who own them will attest.

PDSA Vet, Olivia Anderson-Nathan says, “One great thing about owning a pet is that they offer unconditional love. From the knowledge you’ll have a friendly greeting when you get home to helping you get out and enjoy a nice walk in the fresh air, or break the ice when meeting other people, there are many benefits of pet ownership.”

PDSA research shows that pets can be a positive influence on our lives. According to the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report, 94% of cat, dog and rabbit owners report that owning a pet makes them happy.

The Report also found that the majority of those surveyed believe their pets have a direct beneficial impact on both their physical and mental wellbeing. According to the research, 91% of dog owners report that owning a pet makes them physically or mentally healthier.

Looking after pets can help to add structure to people’s lives, with regular feeding and exercise to add to the day’s task list. As well as the physical benefits of taking them for walks, dog owners can also enjoy the social benefits such as the greater opportunity to meet new people and fellow dog owners.

Olivia adds, “Owning a pet is so rewarding, and it’s no wonder so many owners view their pets as members of the family. Caring for our pets can provide focus and purpose, which can be particularly important for vulnerable and lonely people. Responsible pet ownership can be a huge benefit in helping us lead happier, healthy lives.”

PDSA is the UK’s leading vet charity. We’re on a mission to improve pet wellbeing through prevention, education and treatment. Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery helps us reach even more pet owners with vital advice and information.

For more information visit www.pdsa.org.uk

Adopting a Fearful Cat

Fearful Felines
Need Some Love

The RSPCA is urging potential adopters not to overlook shy cats in catteries. 

A cat can be shy or timid for a number of reasons, they may have been through a trauma, they could still be very young and learning the ropes, or they might be feeling overwhelmed and frightened in a cattery environment.

There are two shy cats currently looking for homes at RSPCA Southall Cattery in Hounslow.

Lisbon and Lagos came from a multi-cat household where unfortunately they had little human interaction. They were rescued in December along with four other cats who have already been rehomed.

Sam Watson, RSPCA cat welfare expert says, “Sadly, when someone comes to look round an RSPCA centre, few people are interested in the cat that hides away and retreats, or the one that hisses when someone passes by, which is such a shame because although they may never be a lap cat they could be very happy in a home.

“Sometimes cats come out of their shell once they leave the cattery environment and so all it takes is for someone to give them a chance and they might become wonderful companions. Equally, these chaps might never grow much bolder, so it is important that their new owner is someone who is patient and kind, who allows them to just be themselves.”

Tabby cat Lisbon is one-year-old and Lagos the ginger cat is two-years-old. They are both timid boys who will need a family who are experienced with shy cats.

As they have lived together previously but are not very close, they could be rehomed together or separately.

They need to be able to go outside as they are quite independent and would prefer an adult-only home.

Aneel Odwhani, Animal Care Assistant at RSPCA Southall says, “After everything they have been through, they really do deserve a second chance at happiness.”

To give either of these cats a loving home contact RSPCA Southall Cattery on 0300 123 0746.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet 

* Please note – story is correct at time of going live. The cats who are currently available for adoption may vary, but please don’t overlook shy cats when considering giving a cat a loving home.

Home and Pet Sitting

Home and Pet Sitting Can Help you Save
on Your Utility Bills

Ofgem recently announced that energy bills will increase by more than £100 a year from April 2019, after the regulator said it was lifting two price caps because of rising wholesale costs.

With utility bills set to rise and winter the most expensive time for heating bills, home and pet sitting can be an ideal way to save money on bills. Homesitters tend to be retired people in their 50s, 60s and 70s who stay in people’s homes when they go away, keeping the home safe and secure and looking after any pets.

According to Alan Irvine, Managing Director of Homesitters Ltd, people can make savings on their winter bills, especially those that take on several assignments a year, with average savings of around £128.58 per four weeks that they are away.

Alan says, “Most retired people are on a fixed budget and many look to supplement their retirement income. Home and pet sitting is a great option that many won’t have thought of, which is both flexible and offers a modest remuneration. Attractions include the chance to travel throughout the UK, staying in people’s homes and looking after people’s pets.

“Homesitting also provides an opportunity to make savings on household bills. For homesitters that take on a lot of assignments, particularly during winter these savings can make a big difference to those on limited incomes and boost their income,” adds Alan.

As well as the savings on bills, home and pet sitters employed by Homesitters Ltd can earn around £560 per month for one hour 45 minutes of duties a day including a daily food allowance. Homesitters are also reimbursed for their travel to and from the assignment.

One couple that have been home sitting for over three years is Jim and Ros Slaughter, a retired couple from Chichester in their early 60s. The couple are very active and in retirement they wanted to do something a bit different but still purposeful.

Jim explains, “Getting a part time job or setting up a business didn’t really appeal because we didn’t want to be tied into a routine anymore. We wanted the freedom to travel extensively, visit new places and meet new people.”

Jim and Ros love being able to pick and choose their assignments around their own travel plans. They particularly enjoy home sitting over the winter as they have a place in Spain where they spend 10 to 12 weeks a year and they like to travel there by car stopping in different places on the way.

Jim says, “Home sitting is really fun but it’s also purposeful. We can do it as much or as little as we like, combining all our interests together and spending time with animals is the best part of all.”

Another retired couple in their 60s, June and Mick Palmer from Berkshire also enjoy home and pet sitting over the winter months. The couple own a mobile home in Wales so they love the fact home sitting is flexible so they can make sure they have time free to spend there too.

In the past, they had owned several pets and both are great dog lovers. The couple wanted to make the most of their retirement and home sitting appealed as it combines looking after dogs and going on walks with staying in different parts of the country.

June says, “Home sitting gives us a chance to stay in gorgeous locations and get out in the countryside. We joined the National Trust so we can visit lovely houses and gardens wherever we are based. We love looking after the animals which have included cats, guinea pigs and chickens, but most of all we love walking the dogs – we go out with them for two hours or more and it’s great exercise for us.”

For more information on becoming a homesitter visit www.homesitters.co.uk

RSPCA Online Shop

RSPCA Dog Toys, Leads and Collars

The RSPCA has teamed up with pet accessory importer and distributor RSW International to help keep dogs’ minds and bodies active.

The animal welfare charity has partnered with the new licensee which supplies innovative, robust and stylish pet accessories and toys. The range includes a variety of embellished leads and collars, illuminated leads, collars and safety lights for dark mornings and evening walks.

The colourful range of toys from rubber tug and chew toys to colourful balls are also designed to keep dogs’ minds and bodies active and keep them entertained for hours.

Lisa Hens, RSPCA’s dog welfare expert says, “Our dogs are social and active, and need regular exercise and interaction with us to help keep them happy and healthy.

“Not only is regular play really important for bonding with your dog, it’s also great exercise, great for training and great for getting your dog’s brain working. It’s important to get into a regular habit of spending time engaging and playing with your pet, and take time each day to play games that you both enjoy.

Frequent play helps to keep your pooch healthy, happy and strengthen the bond between you and your dog. This is why toys that help keep them busy and encourage them to get active are really important.”

For every sale of the RSPCA endorsed products, RSW International Ltd will donate part of the proceeds to the RSPCA, so that the charity can continue to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need.

Lee Kennerley from RSW International Ltd said, “As a major pet accessory importer & distributor, we care about animal welfare and so were thrilled to partner up with the RSPCA and help the charity continue its vital work by promoting our unique licensed range we have both worked hard to put together.

The RSPCA collection fits well with our core range of products and highlights our businesses strength in designing great pet accessories for our customers. With our slow feeding bowl already winning an award, we have already had a great response from customers within the Garden Centre industry and will be working with them to promote the collection and the charity further.”

The range is available from the RSPCA online shop as well as all good garden centre pet departments.

For the RSPCA online shop please visit www.rspca.org.uk/shoponline

Sixtyplusurfers Competition

 Win a Cattitude Box

The feline loving Cattitude Box gang has teamed up with Sixtyplusurfers to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Cattitude Box filled with gorgeous cat goodies from the very best suppliers in the land. The box includes hand-picked, top quality food treats and toys as well as unique, quirky cat-themed gifts that owners can eat, wear, read, draw in and cherish as much as their beloved pets.

Anyone who is crazy about cats will love the fantastic new Cattitude Box subscription service that has been created for cats, and their owners.

The stylish boxes of fun can be ordered on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and not only are they packed with pet paraphernalia, cat ladies will get a few gifts for themselves too.

With gift options also available, giving a Cattitude Box subscription is perfect for that hard to buy person for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, birthdays and of course, Christmas.

Prices start at £27.95 a month and each box comes with between six and eight products that are split between cat and cat ladies.  While plans are automatically renewed to make things easy, they can be paused or cancelled at any time, and there is also the option to order one of boxes.

Farah Radford, company founder says, “We are very much a nation of pet lovers and I’m really excited to be launching Cattitude Box. A world away from bland food and boring toys, we have sourced the tastiest treats and most stimulating activities from around the globe so that cats are kept entertained and healthy. The love doesn’t stop there, because whether it’s a scarf, mug, book or snack, cat ladies receive some totally ‘claw-some’ gifts in their Cattitude Box too.”

She adds, “Whether people order a box for themselves, their mum, bestie, sister, or nan, our cat-tastic boxes are sent out on the 5th of every month and gorgeous goodies, with a side serving of savvy attitude, will arrive within three to five days. We hope that these boxes will not only boost the health and happiness of kitty’s, but will give cat lovers a big, furry, feel good hug too.”

How it works:

Choose A Subscription Plan

Feline generous? Treat your kitty, and yourself, to a Cattitude Box every single month or you can spread the love every other month. Let us know when you’d like to receive our cat themed subscription box. You can even buy a one-off Cattitude Box or treat a friend’s puss instead, just check out the gift section!

Tell Us Your Needs

Getting to know you is the most fun part! We want to build a profile of you and your cat, so we can tailor your box towards all your favourite things. Let us know how many cats you have, their likes and dislikes and whether they’ve any special dietary requirements so that we can substitute yummy treats with stimulating toys instead!

Get Your Cattitude Box

Time to get excited and wait for the postman to deliver your awesome cat gift box! We post the boxes out on the 5th day of every month and they’ll reach you and your furry friend within 3-5 working days. Remember to talk a photo of you and your cat with their subscription box and share on Instagram and if you tag us, you could win a FREE box!

The subscription service has been created for cat ladies, but there are plans for ‘cat daddy’ boxes in the future, so watch this space.

For more details about Cattitude go to https://cattitudebox.com

For Your Chance to Win

Tell us when are the Cattitude boxes of goodies posted by the Cattitude team each month?

  a) 5th day of the month
  b) 7th day of the month
  c) 9th day of the month
  d) 10th day of the month

To Enter the Competition

Tell us when are the Cattitude boxes of goodies posted by the Cattitude team each month? Then send in your answer together with your name, address and telephone number to the Sixtyplusurfers email address below:

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Choosing a Pet

Thinking about a New Pet? Get PetWise!

How to choose the right pet for you

Pets bring unfaltering loyalty and companionship to our lives, so when we take on a new pet, it’s important to carefully consider their every need so we can give them the same.

PDSA Vet, Olivia Anderson-Nathan, gives her advice for choosing the perfect pet partner.

Olivia says, “Getting a pet is a very exciting time, but before taking them on it’s important to consider P-E-T-S: Place, Exercise, Time and Spend. Make sure to get plenty of knowledge about the pet you’re thinking of taking on too.”

1. Place 

A suitable home and environment

“Make sure you have enough space for your pet to run and play. Dogs need a secure outdoor space, while rabbits and guinea pigs should have access to a large run or garden. Even hamsters and gerbils need a spacious cage and some sold in pet shops can be a bit too small. If you’re unsure, speak to your vet or vet nurse who will be able to advise.”

2. Exercise

The right type and amount of exercise

“All pets enjoy games and toys to keep them active. For smaller pets you can easily do this in your home, whereas dogs enjoy regular walks, with supervised off-lead time in a safe area. The amount of exercise a pet needs depends on their species, age, breed and health.”

3. Time

Can you devote enough time to the care and upkeep of your pet?

“All pet animals are generally sociable towards people. Dogs especially love our company and can become lonely and anxious if left alone too long, so we recommend not leaving them for longer than four hours at a time on a typical day. Factor in time for walks, training, play, feeding, cleaning their home and equipment, grooming and visits to the vet. All of these can add up and might take up more time than you think.”

4. Spend

A lifetime of expenses

“The cost of keeping a pet for their lifetime can be surprisingly high. Food, equipment, toys, flea and worm treatments, pet insurance premiums, replacing a chewed-up bed or unexpected vets bills – it all adds up significantly over a pet’s life, especially as they get older or if they develop health problems. Write down a checklist of everything your new pet might need so you can estimate the cost.

5. Knowledge

How much do you know about the pet that you want?

“Researching as much as you can about the species and breed of pet you want is really important. Make sure you know about the five Welfare Needs that pets need to be happy and healthy, and that you’re going to be able to meet all those needs for your new pet.”

Where you get your pet can be just as important, as pets coming from better backgrounds will be much more likely to be happy, healthy and well-behaved.

Olivia concludes, “Your vet can provide advice about where to get a pet from, including reputable breeders and rescue centres, avoiding the heartbreak of getting an unwell or poorly-socialised pet.”

PDSA’s PetWise quiz can help you make the decision on which pet is right for you.

Visit PetWise Quiz

PDSA is the UK’s leading vet charity. We’re on a mission to improve pet wellbeing through prevention, education and treatment. Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery helps us reach even more pet owners with vital advice and information.

For more information about PDSA visit www.pdsa.org.uk

Pets as Therapy Dog

Teddy Becomes Hospital Therapy Pet

Teddy won an award for helping his owner out of a coma  and now he’s helping people at his local hospital

A little RSPCA rescue dog who had such a close bond with his adopter that he helped wake him from a coma has qualified as a Pets As Therapy Dog so he can help more people!

Five-year-old Teddy amazed staff at Southampton General Hospital when he woke his owner Andy Szasz from a medically-induced coma in December 2016.

Civil engineer Andy, from Southampton, had been admitted to intensive care with pneumonia having overcome bowel cancer. He was placed into a medically induced coma and wife, Estelle, sought special permission from the staff to allow her to bring in his beloved pet for a visit. She believes his barking encouraged Andy to wake three days earlier than expected.

Andy and Teddy, a schnauzer-poodle cross adopted from the RSPCA’s Stubbington Ark shelter in Hampshire, had such a strong bond that once Andy woke, the little dog continued to help speed up his owner’s recovery by making regular visits and even video calls!

Andy says, “Ted is such a remarkable little dog in many ways. He’s clever, loving, loyal, funny and a right little character! He really stole my heart when we first met.

“I always tell people I rescued Ted and Ted rescued me. We certainly do have a special bond.”

The incredible story saw terrific Teddy scoop the RSPCA’s special animal award at the charity’s Honours in 2017.

And now, Teddy will be able to help other patients at the hospital that saved his owner’s life – as he’s enrolled as an official therapy dog with the charity Pets As Therapy (PAT).

PAT provides a visit service to hospitals, hospices, care homes and schools across the country.

Andy says, “We had our interview at the hospital and were inducted in November so we had our first visit just before Christmas.

“It was amazing to see the smiles on so many peoples’ faces. Not only the patients, but the nurses, the doctors and visitors alike.

“Ted was in his element, his little tail non-stop wagging and was unphased by anything, as usual! It was such a rewarding day for us both, and so amazing to see the affect animals have on people.

“I’m so proud of my little boy. It was my wish to make Ted a PAT dog to repay the wonderful work the charity does in cheering up patients and the fantastic hospital staff. And Teddy just loves all the cuddles he gets!

“It’s amazing how animals affect our lives.”

About Teddy and the RSPCA

Teddy was rescued, rehabilitate and rehomed by the RSPCA. To help the charity save more animals and give them a second chance please donate by visiting www.rspca.org.uk/give

To join Pets As Therapy as a volunteer visit www.petsastherapy.org/join-us or call 01494 569130

You can also follow Pets as Therapy on www.facebook.com/petsastherapy or www.twitter.com/PetsAsTherapyUK

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