A retirement village in Scotland appointed its first dedicated therapy pet, Humphrey, a 12-week-old bulldog puppy.
The Inchmarlo Continuing Care Retirement Community, in Aberdeenshire, will train Humphrey to become an official “therapy assistant”.
He will be responsible for offering the residents the health benefits of having a pet without the pressures that come with owning an animal.
The 12-week old pup has also been given his own online blog, where web users can read about his adventures and follow his work progress, including regularly updated photographs.
Professor Charles Skene, chairman of the Skene Group which owns and operates the Inchmarlo community, said: “We’re delighted to have Humphrey as our new therapy assistant. He’s already proving popular with residents and staff and I think he will be a great addition to the Community.
“It’s important that people who are living in care have access to animals, as that is very therapeutic. However, as many older people aren’t able to keep pets themselves, having a therapy assistant like Humphrey is a great way of bringing animals into their lives.
“His job will be to visit residents across the Inchmarlo estate, providing comfort and cheering them up. For those who are feeling lonely or vulnerable, this can be important contact for them. Judging by the response from our residents so far, it’s clear that Humphrey is a big hit.”