Westerham Place care home residents were delighted to welcome Dotty the pony and her canine companion, Pippy the Jackhuahua.
The adorable pair visited the home thanks to www.karenspetsandponies.co.uk. Pippy, a Jack Russell Chihuahua cross, spent most of the visit riding round the home on Dotty’s back much to the amusement of both residents and staff.
They were joined by a fluffy rabbit, Sparkle, and two Guinea Pigs called Dusty & Surprise.
Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Interacting with a friendly pet has been proven to help improve physical and mental wellbeing and even reduce blood pressure. Spending time relaxing with animals causes people to release endorphins, a hormone which produce a calming effect. This can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve overall psychological state.
Kerry Coates, Westerham Place home manager said:
“We had such a fun time welcoming Dotty and Pippy.
“The residents absolutely loved interacting with them and Pippy’s antics had us all in stitches.
“I’ve seen first-hand the lift that animals give to residents, and it was lovely to see the smiles on everyone’s faces.”