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Blossom our dog volunteer

  • Published date
    29/01/2014
  • Author
    NLH Admin
  • Category
    North London Hospice|VOLUNTEER

blossom3We have all sorts of volunteers at the Hospice from various backgrounds and ages. Blossom is a very special volunteer, she is a golden retriever, who has just started volunteering at the Hospice. Blossom was trained by Pets as Therapy, a charity who provide pets for therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other establishments. Kumi, Blossom’s owner has always wanted to volunteer for the Hospice and getting Blossom involved made perfect sense. Kumi said: ‘The first time I ever came to the Hospice I was overwhelmed by the high quality of care and friendly atmosphere. People who have never set foot in a hospice think that they are sad gloomy places. But this simply is not the case.’ Kumi rescued Blossom from her previous owner where she was living in quite appalling conditions. ‘Blossom was nine months when we first got her. She had never been outside in the fresh air. She was scared of cars, buggies, loud street noises. It took a long time and perseverance with a dog trainer to get her where she is today. Blossom had to be assessed by examiners before she could be considered to volunteer on behalf of Pets as Therapy. The whole process took about a year. ‘We visit the Hospice once a week. During our visits Blossom and I spend time with the patients talking to them and getting them to interact with Blossom. I can’t tell you how happy they are to see her. She is a very gentle and calm dog, which is why she is so perfect as a Pets as Therapy volunteer.’  

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