Our PAT Dog Rufus makes a real difference for our patients and families

Pets as Therapy Volunteer Joanne Richardson (centre) and dog Rufus are pictured with hospice staff.

We’re always very pleased to welcome Pets as Therapy Dog Rufus and owner Joanne Richardson into the Hospice.

With his lovely wagging tail and gentle nature, Rufus brings lots of joy to everyone he meets.

Seeing everyone’s face light up with a smile as soon as he enters the building, is wonderful. And, for patients and their families, he can bring that one special moment that brightens up their day or be that essential ice breaker. Some people don’t necessarily want to touch Rufus, or may not particularly like dogs, but they’re eager to ask all about him and that often starts a conversation, which is just as important.

Owner Joanne, who generously volunteers her time to bring Rufus in – at least once a week – says he enjoys his visits just as much as we do, and feels it gives him a sense of purpose.

 When he’s not visiting us, there’s nothing more Rufus enjoys then settling down at home in the company of his cuddly toys…