This page is where we keep our fond memories of our dear friends who were Sussex Caring Pets therapy cats and dogs and where we can share a few thoughts with others about what made them special and so loved.
Sussex Caring Pets therapy dog Sprinter
Therapy dog Sprinter was one of the first Sussex Caring Pets therapy dogs to launch our work in Sussex. He is sadly missed by the residents of the two nursing homes he regularly visited.
Sussex Caring Pets therapy dog Vippy
A tribute to Sussex Caring Pets therapy dog Fynn
We are deeply saddened to hear the loss of dear SCP therapy dog Fynn and our thoughts are with Jo and her family. Jo writes.
Fynn had a fantastic way of melting the hearts of people who thought they didn’t really like dogs. He would just lean against their legs, wag his tail in encouragement and defy them not to love him. It worked every time. Fynn was never trained to race but his biggest joy was to run huge circles in open fields, ears flat packed to his head, his body streaking through the grass at impossible speed. His second biggest joy was to ‘liberate’ butter and his third, like all hounds, was taking over most of the sofa.
I was so proud that Fynn passed his assessment to become an SCP therapy dog and do this valuable work. He gave nothing but love to everyone in his world and now is at peace among the wild flowers and hazel trees near our home.
A tribute to Sussex Caring Pets therapy dog Oliver
It is with regret that we have to let you know that SCP therapy dog Oliver died on 16th March 2012 aged 11 after battling with a large tumour. Our sympathy goes to his owner SCP volunteer Fran. ‘Ollie’ was a black labrador and model therapy dog. His tail never stopped wagging on his many visits to care homes for older people and to a special needs care home for young adults. Some of you might have met him.
Fran said that Ollie was given to her by an acquaintance as he could no longer look after him. Although she already had one dog and was already Ollie’s fourth home, she decided to do something special with him to make him feel wanted.
Fran had read about SCP in a magazine and thought that Ollie with his lovely temperament would make a wonderful therapy dog. He passed his assessment and once all the paperwork was completed they were ready to go.
For the most part Fran and Ollie visited elderly people in care homes as she hopes that when she reaches a great age someone will be kind enough to let her share their dog. The pleasure she got when Ollie brought a smile to a face never diminishes and he clearly loved all the attention and fuss. Fran says that she will really miss him.