Puppy love at care home

Two special four-legged visitors helped bring some cheer to residents at a Whitley Bay care home.

Animal-loving residents at Earsdon Grange care home, in Wellfield, received a visit from Penny and Kissy, two West Highland Terrier sisters.

The pair made the visit thanks to Bark n Banter Community Visits, a network of volunteers who bring their pet pooches to visit care homes.

The visit was part of an on-going programme of animal therapy at Earsdon Grange.

Animal assisted therapy, as well as being a lot of fun, has been shown to have psychological benefits.

Deryn Johnson, activities coordinator at Earsdon Grange, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed receiving our visits from the volunteers and dogs from Bark n Banter Community Visits.

“Many of our residents have had their own pet dogs so they love getting the chance to spend a bit of time petting and pampering the dogs.”

“The group even lets you put in requests for a visit from a specific breed of dog so that we can request the same type of dog that a resident had as a pet which brings back a lot of fond memories.”