In Scotland, the Inchmarlo Continuing Care Retirement Community has a new therapist: Humphrey, a 12-week-old bulldog puppy. He takes his job so seriously that he has his own blog, where he (or his ghostwriter) chronicles his adventures. Recent entries include an account of his visit to meet the Queen of England, watching a rugby match, check-up visits to the veterinarian, and his “work” at the facility.
According to Deadline Scotland blog, Professor Charles Skene, the chairman of the Skene Group who run the care home, is “delighted” the pooch is joining his team. Professor Skene said:
“He’s already proving popular with residents and staff and I think he will be a great addition to the Community. It’s important that people who are living in care have access to animals, as that is very therapeutic. However, as many older people aren’t able to keep pets themselves, having a therapy assistant like Humphrey is a great way of bringing animals into their lives. His job will be to visit residents across the Inchmarlo estate, providing comfort and cheering them up. For those who are feeling lonely or vulnerable, this can be important contact for them.
Judging by the response from our residents so far, it’s clear that Humphrey is a big hit.”
If you would like to follow Humphrey’s blog (and see more cute pictures), follow the link: http://inchmarlo.wordpress.com/