We took Susie, to visit a local Care home in Cramlington today, partially, as my father is a resident there. and also it cheers the other residents and gives them all a chance to enjoy her company too. As soon as we walk through the main door they began to appear and sit down in the lounge and they looked so happy. One or two of them asked questions about her. Then they would tell us about their own dogs which they once had. The quiet blank faces seemed to light up and come alive, Lovely to see it. We were there only a short time before parting to take my father to the beach at Seaton Sluice. As we left them they were telling one another about dogs they had once owned.
Once again the sun was shining brightly and despite the cool breeze, it was lovely walking with both father and Susie after all Susie belongs to him. Humping, wheelchairs in and out of the car can be a little tedious but we managed and our trip out was good. We parked the car, pulled out the wheelchair and managed to get him into it and off we headed for the Kings Arms on the harbor for a drink and lunch. We had a delicious lunch and dad, had a half pint, John Smith whilst, Susie and I had fresh water. We later headed back along towards the car park again. You don’t realize how heavy elderly people are until they are in a wheelchair. We later returned to the care home to drop my dad off and as we walked through the doors again. The resident’s face’s all lit up once more. It was so good watching them making contact and enjoying the dog’s company, as Susie equally enjoyed being stroked and lay on her back for the full treatment. It turned out a good afternoon for everyone.