We recently said goodbye to volunteers, Marilyn Bussolari & her gorgeous 4 legged companion, Bobby, the Maltese Shih Tzu, who were members of Delta Society and who provided 8 years of comfort and companionship, bringing smiles to Assisi residents in the form of pet therapy.
Staff and residents alike had grown accustomed to seeing Bobby trotting around the centre, always available for a cuddle.
Bobby, who is now 15 years old, has served the community for a very long time and has earned his rest and recreation time.
The benefits of pet therapy are amazing when one reads the list below.
Even more incredible to think that pets like Bobby are having such a positive impact by just being themselves.
We sincerely thank Marilyn for sharing Bobby with the residents and staff.
Both Marilyn and Bobby will be missed!
Scientifically proven benefits of Pet Therapy
- Physical – interaction with a furry friend reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives motivation to move, walk and stimulates the senses
- Social – a visit with a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, promotes greater self-esteem and well-being, and focused interaction with others
- Cognitive – Canine companionship stimulates memory, problem solving and game playing
- Emotional – an adorable four-legged visitor improves self-esteem, acceptance from others, calming effect, lifts mood often provoking laughter
- Environmental – a dog in a facility decreases the feeling of a sterile environment, lifts mood and this continues after visit
(Data courtesy of the Australian Companion Animal Council)