Pets As Therapy is an organisation I have admired for many years, combining two passions in my life, pets and working with people. As a community mental health nurse working for many years in the NHS I understand how isolated, lonely and unconnected to the community people with any disability can become through no fault of their own. Our pets naturally give unconditional positive regard and acceptance without judgement, they can provide great comfort to us and help us in times of difficulty. I have seen at first hand the tremendous difference my two whippets have made to people I work with.
As I retired from the NHS in April 2012 I was delighted to be invited to join the board of directors at Pets As Therapy and subsequently to become Chair of the board. One of my whippets Cesc has been accepted as a PAT dog and Henry will be applying to join in 2013.
Retirement and moving from London to Oxford has given me time to get back to basics with both of my dogs. I enjoy obedience work, showing at Championship level and not least exploring the Oxfordshire countryside and waterways with my enthusiastic companions.