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Furry Friends Bring Joy to Westerham Care Home

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 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.”














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