Oh - Canary, your mention of the PAT dog just reminded me. I couldn't go in to see my mother last week as I have a coughing virus, but OH went in, and the senior carer said that last Tuesday they had a petting zoo in the garden! Donkeys, tortoises, rabbits etc. My mother would have absolutely loved that. OH said my mother kept talking about 'lovely white things' in her hands, and I assume she was referring to the rabbits! The owner also has a dog (docile, elderly) who comes in and does the rounds with the residents.