Ruff times call for special therapy
Patients in Mt Druitt Hospital’s children’s ward received a boost with a visit from a number of therapy puppies.
PATIENTS of the children’s ward at Mt Druitt Hospital had a pleasant surprise when the Nepean Therapy Dogs stopped by for a visit last week.
Teams of handlers and their dogs spend a couple of hours at hospitals and nursing homes in Western Sydney bringing cheer to the patients.
Professional joy bearer, 11-yearold Gus the golden retriever, has been visiting hospitals and nursing homes since he was seven months old.
“He just loves the work,” Gus’s owner Marion Palmer said.
Then there is newcomer Lulu, a Papillon from Lethbridge Park, who has only been in the business for 18 months but is already a favourite.
The therapy dogs even have their own royal family of Cavalier King Charles spaniels – Dame Zahli, Lady Darcy, Coco Chanel and HRH Princess Raven.
Mrs Celeban said the club was in desperate need of more handler and dog teams to keep up with the demand. For more information visit therapy dogs.com.au. To volunteer, phone Nicole on 0427 393 699.
Therapy canine Gus spends time with Isaiah Celeste, 21 months.
Nicole Celeban with her Cavalier King Charles spaniels and patient Joel Matsen.