Vale Butch

We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Butch, the first of our hounds to be adopted by a nursing home. He had been giving gentle affection and comfort to the residents of one Sydney Nursing home since November last year. Butch, 9, recently fell ill and was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer so he was sent humanely to the Bridge. The manager of the home says “I would like to thank you for the opportunity to have had Butch in our lives as he was a great companion to myself, residents, staff and visitors. He will be sadly missed.”
We believe that older greyhounds (and indeed many breeds of dog) are brilliantly suited to life in nursing homes – they are quiet and calm, seem to sense when someone needs company and enjoy both giving and receiving constant companionship. It does require the committment of all the staff, to look after the dog as if it is their own but as you can see by Maitland’s experience it is worth it. Please spread the word out in your communities in the hope that more nursing homes will decide to adopt a greyhound to improve not only the residents’ lives but also a greyhound that needs a home.

 

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