Age is no bar­rier to puppy love

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SIN­GLE­TON res­i­dent Lynne Sal­ter and her dogs Rebel and Spook are a big hit at Bright­wa­ter The Cove res­i­den­tial aged care fa­cil­ity in Man­durah.

Ms Sal­ter and her Ja­panese Spitz pooches visit res­i­dents twice a week.

She has vol­un­teered at The Cove for 2½ years.

“When I was look­ing for vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Peel re­gion, I no­ticed pet ther­apy and I thought, yes, that would be ideal,” Ms Sal­ter said.

“Spook is my party dog, who loves be­ing the cen­tre of at­ten­tion.

“In con­trast, Rebel has a quiet na­ture and a strong com­pas­sion­ate streak.”

Ms Sal­ter said there were about 20 res­i­dents who would pro­claim their love for vis­its from her two dogs.

“I’m con­scious that many res­i­dents have given up their own pet be­fore mov­ing into res­i­den­tial aged care, so it’s lovely to help put a smile on their faces and take time for a chat,” she said.

“Vis­it­ing res­i­dents at The Cove is like be­ing part of a big fam­ily.”

Vol­un­teer Lynne Sal­ter with her dogs Rebel and Spook.

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