Now Fudge is ‘real sweetie’ on the wards

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Jonathan Coles Trainee re­porter 01225 322206 [email protected]­

There is a new mem­ber of staff at the Royal United Hospi­tal – and she is gun­ning to be top dog. Fudge, a cocker spaniel, has joined the team in Bath as part of the Pets As Ther­apy (PAT) scheme. Her han­dler Ca­role Light said: “Like her name she’s a real sweetie – such a good lit­tle dog, re­ally gen­tle and well-be­haved, so I knew she’d make a per­fect ther­apy dog. “She lives in a fam­ily with seven chil­dren so noth­ing fazes her. “She’s been as­sessed to make sure the hospi­tal en­vi­ron­ment would be ap­pro­pri­ate for her, and her en­tire health his­tory from her vets was also checked. “Once the Pets as Ther­apy team ap­proved her, I bought her a lit­tle yel­low scarf to wear to show she’s of­fi­cial. “We’ve vis­ited a few wards to­gether and Fudge is al­ready prov­ing pop­u­lar with staff and pa­tients. “One pa­tient was re­ally emo­tional when she gave her a bit of fuss as she missed her own dog at home so much, but see­ing Fudge made her day. “I’m look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing more wards over the com­ing months, and I’m sure Fudge is too.” The PAT scheme is a na­tional char­ity which aims to en­hance lives by pro­vid­ing com­pan­ion­ship through an­i­mals. All breeds of dog can be­come part of it. To do so they must have been with their owner for at least six months, be over nine months of age and be able to pass the tem­per­a­ment assess­ment. All pets must also be fully vac­ci­nated. Pets As Ther­apy was founded in 1983. There are around 4,500 ac­tive vis­it­ing dogs and 108 cats at work in the UK. They visit all kinds of or­gan­i­sa­tions across the UK from schools to homes for older peo­ple.

Fudge, a cocker spaniel, has joined the team in Bath as part of the Pets As Ther­apy (PAT) scheme

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