“Vlad”, my Black Russian Terrier has been working as a pet therapy dog since 2015. He attends Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre every week. “Doris” my Minature Schnauzer, has also been a pet therapy dog since 2016 and attends Vasey Aged Care in Brighton on a regular basis.
Whilst at Peter Mac, Vlad does his rounds and brings joy to patients during a very difficult time in their lives. He was the first dog to attend Peter Mac in 2016 and is now a celebrity there, with his diary booked full with requests to see him every week.
As with the patients at Peter Mac, the residents at Vasey love to see Doris and sometimes Vlad too. They quite often have a sneaky biscuit and a cup of tea with the residents too. Vlad and Doris volunteer through the Lort Smith Pet Therapy program, where owners take their pet dogs to visit people in nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities in Melbourne.
If you are interested in enrolling your dog through an assessment to qualify as a pet therapy dog, please contact Lort Smith Animal Hospital on 9328 3021.
Vlad assisting with first day of chemotherapy
Doris cuddling up to a local resident at Vasey Aged Care