That’s the heartwarming reaction of care home residents when they enjoyed a visit from two friendly therapy dogs.
Residents enjoy regular visits from Floyd, a seven-year-old Japanese Spitz, and Loki, a 10-month-old Leonberger.
Floyd is a frequent visitor to Redwalls Nursing Home in Sandiway, Cheshire, as well as other care homes run by Kingsley Healthcare Group.
It is owned by the center’s Wellness Coordinator, Jodie Solaiman, who organizes all the fun events and experiences at Redwalls.
Jodie’s sweet pet, Floyd, was first brought into the home to see how residents would react.
It was a huge success to see the incredible impact the dogs have had on the health and happiness of the residents.
Loki, which is owned by a man who visits his mother, “Grandma” Jo, had both residents and TikTok viewers begging to see more.
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So much so that the two dogs are now regular visitors.
Jodie, 25, said: “The dog therapy has been life changing in our nursing home.
“It’s so beneficial for the residents. I don’t think the dogs care either!
“It improves their mood, brings them comfort, can reduce loneliness, reduce anxiety and much more.
“Even for residents who are bedridden, they still need to be able to feel the happiness that a dog can bring. Laughter is the best medicine!”
Redwalls Nursing Home began posting videos on TikTok in May 2021 to share residents’ special moments and experiences.
They received millions of views and now have over 15,000 subscribers from all over the world.
Jodie hopes their TikTok content will help spread awareness of the “endless benefits” of canine therapy.
She said: “You can see the happiness our residents feel when the dogs come to visit.
“The positive feedback from residents is the reason we have continued to offer canine therapy in our homes.
“We hope this will encourage other homes to incorporate canine therapy into their care.”