What a great day we had today. We had to go to Bedford Industries today, 10.00am to midday. The good thing is I can’t get lost, because it is just around the corner from the hospital I normally visit.
When we were there one person wanted to take Rassilon for a walk, which is allowed by TDS, but it means putting 2 leashes on Rassilon, so I still have control. Anyway, the guy absolutely loved going out, and when he came in, he went straight to the kitchen to get Rassilon a drink of water.
Later one of the carers gave him a brush so he could brush Rassilon. It turned into a competition to see how many times he gould brush Rassi, and I had to keep count.
Of course, Rassilon was so completely chilled while working with these people who have mental health issues, that when he was being brushed, he climbed up onto the settee to be close.
Another resident likes kicking a ball, and will do that all day. But the first time he kicked the ball near Rassilon, poor Rassi nearly had a fit. But very quickly, he got used to it. And in the end, the ball could bang into his legs and he didn’t bother moving. (It was a soft ball, I checked)
In fact, Rassilon was so relaxed that he just lay down and let the guy pat him. Both of them enjoyed themselves.
And the cool thing was, although frowned upon by TDS), I was able to let go of Rassilon’s leash and take the photos.
We all had a great time, and it is seeing people and dogs interacting and getting better, that makes therapy work worth the effort.
(P.S. After last week I got new shoes, and my feet are fine even after a 2 hour visit),