A Russian wolfhound, whose owner is from Ponteland, once again took a bow-wow at the world’s largest dog show.
And staff, volunteers and patients at St Oswald’s Hospice wished seven-year-old Maida well for Crufts, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham.
The Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog and owner Julia Marvin have been visiting patients and families every week since 2012.
Maida is well-known thro-ughout the hospice and everyone at the facility in Gosforth looks forward to her visits.
Julia said: “Maida has been going to Crufts every year since 2011. She is now qualified for life as she has a Stud Book number, which she won by coming first at a Championship Show.
“I put her on a diet as part of her preparation for Crufts, but a lot of the day hospice patients like to give her biscuits so I had to put a stop to that and I brought carrot sticks in for her instead.
“Maida really enjoys her visits to the hospice – we make sure that we spend time with everyone who wants to see us, both across the adult and children and young adult services.
“She’s a loving dog and seems to be very empathetic towards the patients. She gives each person individual time and she’s the perfect height for petting from a wheelchair or bed.
“I don’t just see her as my dog, she belongs to all the patients and children as well.”
PAT, a national charity, provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, care homes and other venues through volunteers. If you think your PAT-qualified pet would cheer people up at St Oswald’s Hospice, call 0191 2469125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.