Puppy power spreading joy at Grantown care home

"Zazu has literally bounced into our lives and made Lynemore her second home."

5 September 2019

Lynemore Care Home in Grantown has just taken on its latest recruit, a 19 week old puppy.

Zazu, a Blue Merle Australian Shepherd, has joined the Lynemore team as a therapet and goes to work every day with owner Grant Hope, a handyman and gardener at the care home. Zazu spends her day playing with and cuddling residents and has also been a big hit with children from Grantown Playgroup who visit the care home every Tuesday.

Grant said: “I covered nearly 2,500 miles travelling up and down the country to find the right puppy and eventually found Zazu in Derby. My long term goal is to train Zazu as a therapet. She comes into work with me every day and her training is coming on leaps and bounds. Introducing her to an environment like Lynemore is a great way to support her training and development.”

Roslyn Munro, activities coordinator at Lynemore added: "Zazu has literally bounced into our lives and made Lynemore her second home. It’s great to see the reaction of residents as she walks round with Grant. They smile, pet and praise her and reminisce about dogs in their lives. We are all seeing the difference in her too and like to watch her learn new tricks."

Although Parklands - which operates Lynemore - regularly welcomes animals into its care homes as part of its approach to care, this is the first time it has hosted a therapet on such a regular basis.

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