A little while ago the St Albans support group were treated to a visit from Oakley, a Hungarian Vizsla. He brought with him his sister (whose name we didn’t catch), and his best friend, Kim Ray. Oakley, who is blind, has a very important role. He visits retirement and care homes to give the people there a hello and the opportunity to stroke and make a fuss of him. It sounds like an ideal job although the job description requires a furry coat and an amiable disposition
The touch and engagement with animals such has been proved to be very beneficial to people who may have a variety of problems. The organisation which sent Oakley to visit us was Pets As Therapy. They are a national charity whose aim is to “enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals”. They provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK.
As neither Oakley nor his sister can drive they are chauffeured around by Kim. As you can see from the photo, Oakley is devoted to Kim and we have no doubt makes lots of friends as he goes about his commendable job.