Ruff times call for spe­cial ther­apy

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - - Danielle Jarvis

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.

Pic­ture: DAVID SWIFT

Ther­apy ca­nine Gus spends time with Isa­iah Ce­leste, 21 months.

Pic­ture: DAVID SWIFT

Ni­cole Cele­ban with her Cava­lier King Charles spaniels and pa­tient Joel Mat­sen.

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