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The power of animals

Discussion in 'I have a partner with dementia' started by LynneMcV, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. LynneMcV

    LynneMcV Volunteer Moderator

    May 9, 2012
    3,362
    south-east London
    I just had to share this because it's been so lovely today to see my husband so happy :)
    At his day centre visit today they had someone come in with some small furry animals for the attendees to hold and learn about. I don't know the entire range but it included a rabbit and a chinchilla.
    My husband came home absolutely enthused about the visit, saying what a lovely day he'd had. He was absolutely besotted with the chinchilla, he had never seen or handled one before. Every time he thinks about it or talks about it he has a great big beaming smile on his face.
    We have a soppy old ginger cat at home, so my husband isn't lacking animal company, but that little chinchilla has definitely hit the right note and encouraged lots of chat :)
     
  2. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,496
    Female
    London
    I hear you! At one of the Revitalise Centres they got in small animals one evening, everything from a skunk to a baby chick to a snake! And the Day Centre and the local city farm are doing Furry Tales together. Last time it was rabbits, guinea pigs and a black hen. Though I must say that OH is very stoic about them - I'm usually the one who can't stop cooing!
     
  3. Scarlett123

    Scarlett123 Registered User

    Apr 30, 2013
    3,802
    Essex
    What lovely posts. :) xxx
     
  4. garnuft

    garnuft Registered User

    Sep 7, 2012
    6,589
    How lovely!

    I share your husband's pleasure in furry creatures, they are heart-warmingly good for you.



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  5. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    15,990
    Toronto, Canada
    What a wonderful post! I also believe that a relationship with animals is very special.
     
  6. truth24

    truth24 Registered User

    Oct 13, 2013
    5,726
    North Somerset
    My son and DIL take their beautiful blonde retriever to see Fred when they visit and a friend brings her Cocker spaniel when she comes with me. Both bring pleasure to most of the residents as well as Fred and get lots of attention from the carers too.
     

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