Hospice Care Week: “Spending time with Ruby can be a great tonic”

During Hospice Care Week, we'll be taking a look at what goes on at Marie Curie's nine UK hospices. Today we’re looking at how Ruby, a six-year-old Labrador, is a perfect companion for residents at the Marie Curie Hospice, West Midlands.

Ruby making friends at our West Midlands hospice
Ruby making friends at our West Midlands hospice

Pets as Therapy (PAT) is a community-based charity that provides therapeutic visits to hospices from volunteers with their pet dogs and cats.

David Colledge is the owner of Ruby and describes her as a ‘perfect dog’ who gets along with everyone she meets.

So when he heard about PAT he was sure Ruby would be the perfect companion.

David says, “Whenever I bring Ruby in you can see in people’s faces how happy they are to see her. They might have or have had pets themselves, so spending time with Ruby can be a great tonic.

“Just 20 minutes with her seems to do people the world of good. She loves licking people’s hands and playing with her can make people’s day.

“I have to watch out though, some residents are always sneaking treats to her and I don’t want her to end up overweight!”

If your furry friend has what it takes to be a petting pal in a Marie Curie Hospice, visit mariecurie.org.uk/volunteer to find out more.