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anniespeeps
16th June 2008, 04:56 PM
We moved my parents into an assisted living apartment this weekend, and it's been a difficult transition, especially for my Mom who feels that she's giving up a lot of her freedom. I spoke to her on the phone yesterday, and she was very excited to tell me that the assisted living complex has a resident dog, and he's a Cavalier! She adores Annie, and she was just so thrilled with this little dog, who is a Blenheim named Buttons. I was so happy to hear that Buttons was able to bring her some joy in the midst of a stressful time.

brid kenny
16th June 2008, 04:57 PM
That's great. How often will she see the dog?

Karlin
16th June 2008, 05:10 PM
I hope Buttons will ease her transition. :) That's a perfect job for a cavalier! My grandmother is in a care home where they have regular dog visitor and at least one resident cat (residents are allowed to bring their dog or cat with them even though it is a nursing home). You can see what a difference his makes to so many of the residents and my own grandmother really loves seeing the visiting lab mix.

anniespeeps
16th June 2008, 06:12 PM
That's great. How often will she see the dog?

He pretty much has free run of the place, so she'll see him all the time.


I hope Buttons will ease her transition. :smile: That's a perfect job for a cavalier! My grandmother is in a care home where they have regular dog visitor and at least one resident cat (residents are allowed to bring their dog or cat with them even though it is a nursing home). You can see what a difference his makes to so many of the residents and my own grandmother really loves seeing the visiting lab mix.

I had the exact same reaction, Karlin. A Cavalier is definitely the right dog for that job. I'm sure he brings lots of joy to the folks who live there.

ppotterfield
16th June 2008, 06:16 PM
We take both of our dogs to an assisted living center for visits. We started going because a former neighbor who loved our dogs was a resident and we went to see her. The other residents loved the visits so much that we have continued to go even though our former neighbor is no longer there. It is interesting what different residents like. Some like to hold Buddy (our Cavalier), others like Hadley (our 60 lb. Clumber) to sit by them and just stroke her, some like to watch the dogs do simple tricks (we are not too sopshisticated). We usually do not stay more than an hour. My brother Michael, who is developmentally disabled, usually comes with me and he loves the visits.

I will have to suggest to the assisted living center that they get their own resident dog!

molly
16th June 2008, 07:39 PM
One of our fosters was adopted by a woman who works in a nursing home. She takes both her dogs to work with her everyday. The residents love the dogs and the dogs can't wait to go to "work" every day. Our dogs visit nursing homes when we go to visit relatives and it's very rewarding to see the joy the dogs bring to patients. Glad to hear that your mom is enjoying Buttons.:flwr:

Mom of Jato
16th June 2008, 09:04 PM
That is so nice- to have a "pet" for everyone to enjoy. A cavalier sure is the perfect choice. :flwr:

Cathy T
16th June 2008, 09:45 PM
Oh that is sooo neat!!!

leesanlucie
18th June 2008, 11:17 AM
What a perfect choice of dog for that!!!
Thats great! :thmbsup: