On Tuesday night Therapet's Alfie (Boxer) and Dixie (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) along with their owner Harry Greig (Perthshire Area Representative for Canine Concern Scotland Trust) paid a visit to the Auchterarder Rainbow Guides.
Harry spoke to the girls about the Therapet pet visiting service and also how important it was to be responsible dog owners. When asked questions about looking after their dogs Harry said he was very impressed by the knowledge of the girls whose ages ranged from 5 to 7 years old - it is so important to teach responsible dog ownership from an early age. During the evening the group were able to participate in basic obedience exercises with Alfie and Dixie, and also enjoyed some fun time with the dogs doing their party tricks. One or two of the girls were a bit apprehensive around dogs but by the end of the evening were patting and stroking Alfie and Dixie and walking them on lead.
Alongside pet visiting services the Trust can provide help to people young and old who may have developed a fear of dogs. At the end of the meeting the girls presented Harry and his dogs with a card and some tasty treats plus a cheque for £20 as a donation to the Therapet Visiting Service. Group leader Wilma Hutchison and her daughter Rachel are now members of the Therapet pet visiting scheme and with their two dogs will shortly be commencing care home visits in the Auchterarder area .
If you have a family pet who you think could be a Therapet visitor go to http://www.canineconcernscotland.org.uk for information.
Picture of Alex Ramsay (age 5) with Dixie & Alfie supplied by Wilma Hutchison Group Leader of "1st & 2nd Auchterarder Rainbow Guides".