Barbet News (page 32)
Dolly qualifies as a P.A.T. dog.
We are pleased to announce that `Dolly`, at 17 months old, has been accepted as a `Pets As Therapy` dog. The PAT scheme provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues by volunteer owners and their pets. Many patients while undergoing tratment or long term care become isolated from the outside world and the companionship of an undemanding animal, that gives unconditional love, is often one of the most missed aspects of their lives.
Obviously to qualify, the PAT scheme demands the highest standards of health, temperament, suitability and stability. These qualities are checked by qualified PAT assessors and also veterinary professionals. We are delighted for Dolly and her owner Jill and pleased to see a working barbet adapting so well to the modern working environment.
With an eye to the future, Dolly has just had her hips scored, an important step towards being used for breeding. Dolly passed with a score of 12 (European equivalent = B), so with an already proven temperament she will no doubt be contributing to the UK`s barbet population.
Further information on Pets As Therapy can be found at www.petsastherapy.org/